Jurgen Klopp signed a new Liverpool contract on Thursday, extending his deal until 2026. The Reds’ boss shared how he came to that decision.
Jurgen Klopp has committed his long-term future to Liverpool, signing a new contract until 2026. It’s something we really, really didn’t see coming but the best news the club could hope for.
The German was set to leave in 2024 and has talked for years about his plans for a sabbatical. Liverpool were preparing for a replacement, be it promoting Pep Lijnders or hiring someone from outside – perhaps a former club captain, for instance.
But now the future is Klopp. He’s sticking around for what would take him to over a decade at the helm. That would be the longest spell of any Liverpool boss since Bill Shankly.
So how has this happened? What changed his mind? Klopp shared exactly what came to be and it turns out that a conversation with his wife, Ulla, proved decisive.
Jurgen Klopp signs new Liverpool contract
“The most important contract I signed in my life was the one with Ulla,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “And that’s where it started again.
“Actually we say in the kitchen and Ulla said ‘I can’t see us leaving in 2024’. I said ‘what?!’ – that’s how it all started.
“I thought, ‘let’s have a think’ and when I thought about it, it was clear that I need to have one more really important conversation. That’s the one to Pep Lijnders because he is probably the main reason for it and our connection is beyond football things.
“When he said ‘Oh yes, I’m in!’ then it was clear we are open for any kind of talks.”
What a wonderful, fantastic thing. To hear that Klopp essentially signed his new contract because he and his family are so settled on Merseyside is exactly what you want to hear. Four more years, then – just how good can the Reds get in that time?