Jurgen Klopp has brushed off suggestions the weather will play a part in his decision to stay at Liverpool, revealing comments made by his agent were a joke.
The Reds manager, whose contract expires at the end of the 2021/22 season, was responding to quotes from an interview his agent Marc Kosicke gave in Germany.
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- Klopp’s current contract expires in the summer of 2022.
- The German recently said he will take a year’s break when he decides to leave Liverpool.
- A recent interview his agent gave suggested Klopp could leave because of the weather.
- The agent, Marc Kosicke, said climate change’s effect on England could sway Klopp’s decision.
- But the Liverpool manager has said Kosicke was joking.
Klopp recently mentioned the idea of leaving Liverpool somewhere down the line but only to reveal he plans to take a year-long break when he does eventually depart Anfield.
And Kosicke appeared to hint the weather could play a part in Klopp’s future choices.
“Jurgen’s contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend,” Kosicke told Spox.
“We still have a little time for that. We must wait and see how everything develops and whether climate change will bring better weather to England or only to Germany.”
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli, Klopp revealed Kosicke’s comments were made in jest.
“He (Kosicke) wanted to make a joke, I have to be serious,” Klopp said. “German humour, nobody got it. The weather was never a reason for me to choose a city.”
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“The pressure is gone for the time being”
Kosicke also spoke about the respective aims of Klopp and Liverpool, suggesting the pressure on the German to deliver trophies has dispersed after last season’s Champions League success.
However, Kosicke went on to suggest the focus has now turned to winning the Premier League, though Manchester City’s quality remains a stumbling block.
He said: “We have now seen what happened at Liverpool after the Champions League victory. As a result, the very great pressure, which he himself does not feel so much, but which is there from the outside, is gone for the time being.
“The Uefa Super Cup was also added. Liverpool itself is not only proud of the process that is going on, but also very happy that trophies are back in the closet. Therefore, winning the Premier League would still be a goal for Jurgen.
“As Jurgen said recently, our biggest problem in Liverpool is Manchester City.”