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OFFICIAL: Jürgen Klopp to leave Liverpool at end of season

Friday, January 26, 2024

OFFICIAL: Jürgen Klopp to leave Liverpool at end of season
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Jürgen Klopp has announced that he would be stepping down as Liverpool manager at the end of the current season.

This sent shockwaves through the football world, as the German had only signed a two-year contract extension in 2022.

However, he explained to the club's media channels that there are a few reasons behind his decision to leave Anfield.

I can understand that it's a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it - or at least try to explain it.

I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.

It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.

After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth - and that is the truth.

The 56-year-old had been with the Reds for seven years, during which time he led them to six major trophies, including the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2020.

I told the club already in November. I have to explain a little bit that maybe the job I do people see from the outside, I'm on the touchline and in training sessions and stuff like this, but the majority of all the things happen around these kind of things. That means a season starts and you plan pretty much the next season already.

When we sat there together talking about potential signings, the next summer camp and can we go wherever the thought came up, "I am not sure I am here then anymore" and I was surprised myself by that. I obviously start thinking about it.

It didn't start [then], but of course last season was kind of a super-difficult season and there were moments when at other clubs probably the decision would have been, "Come on, thank you very much for everything but probably we should split here, or end it here." That didn't happen here, obviously.

For me it was super, super, super-important that I can help to bring this team back onto the rails. It was all I was thinking about. When I realised pretty early that happened, it's a really good team with massive potential and a super age group, super characters and all that, then I could start thinking about myself again and that was the outcome. It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100 per cent right.

It remains to be seen who will replace Klopp as Liverpool manager, but whoever takes over will have a big task on their hands.

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