The internet reacts as Jurgen Klopp signs new Liverpool contract until 2026
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a new deal with the club that will keep him at Anfield for four more years.
The German coach has penned fresh terms that will pacify immediate concerns at Anfield, with his previous deal running until 2024.
Many were expecting Klopp to take a sabbatical upon the conclusion of the 2023/24 season, and the Liverpool boss even intimated that point as recently as March.
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When asked about staying beyond 2024 last month, Klopp responded: “If I have the energy levels for it. That is important. I love what I do but I’ve said a couple of times there must be something else out there in the world.”
Given the recent form of Liverpool and the potential of an unprecedented quadruple season, Klopp has now made a U-turn on his original decision. The Reds have already secured the League Cup and remain firmly in the Premier League title race, through to the FA Cup final and have one foot in the Champions League final.
“There are so many words I could use to describe how I am feeling about this news… delighted, humbled, blessed, privileged and excited would be a start,” Klopp told the club’s official website on signing his new deal.
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“There is just so much to love about this place. I knew that before I came here, I got to know it even better after I arrived and now I know it more than ever before.
“Like any healthy relationship, it always has to be a two-way street; you have to be right for each other. The feeling we were absolutely right for each other is what brought me here in the first place and it’s why I’ve extended previously.
“This one is different because of the length of time we have been together. I had to ask myself the question: Is it right for Liverpool that I stay longer?
“Along with my two assistant managers, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, we came to the conclusion it was a ‘Yes!’
Liverpool's Premier League record at Anfield under Jürgen Klopp:
◉ 127 games
◉ 89 wins
◉ 28 draws
◉ 10 defeats
◎ 299 goals scored
◎ 97 goals conceded
◎ 59 clean sheets
An incredible 2.3 points per game. 👏 pic.twitter.com/EeU7jrGrr8
— Squawka (@Squawka) April 28, 2022
“There is a freshness about us as a club still and this energises me. For as long as I have been here, our owners have been unbelievably committed and energetic about this club and it is clear that right now this applies to our future as much as I’ve ever known.”
He finished: “I didn’t need too long to answer in truth. The answer was very simple… I’m in love with here and I feel fine!”
Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager in October 2015 following the dismissal of Brendan Rodgers and has brought a period of trophy-hoarding success to Merseyside, winning a first-ever Premier League title for the club in 2020, a sixth European Cup in 2019, the Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the League Cup.
Since his appointment seven years ago, Klopp has signed two contract extensions with the club prior to this latest announcement, one coming in June 2016 which was a new six-year deal and the second coming in December 2019, just half a year after guiding the club to Champions League success.
And, of course, there was a lot of excitement when the deal was announced.
DaveOCKOP said: “Jurgen Klopp contract extension > signing any player in the world.”
Jurgen Klopp contract extension > signing any player in the world
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) April 28, 2022
Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones wrote: “Fantastic news for Liverpool. Their success is very much a collective effort. and so many people play their part, both in the spotlight and away from it.
“But without Klopp it doesn’t happen, simple as that. An inspirational leader, figurehead and the club’s biggest asset.”
Fantastic news for Liverpool. Their success is very much a collective effort. and so many people play their part, both in the spotlight and away from it.
But without Klopp it doesn't happen, simple as that. An inspirational leader, figurehead and the club's biggest asset.#LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) April 28, 2022
Opta wrote: “61.4% – Jürgen Klopp has won 229 of his 373 games in charge of Liverpool in all competitions (61.4%), the highest win ratio of any manager to take charge of 50+ games in the club’s history. Staying.”
61.4% – Jürgen Klopp has won 229 of his 373 games in charge of Liverpool in all competitions (61.4%), the highest win ratio of any manager to take charge of 50+ games in the club's history. Staying. pic.twitter.com/DaQH6rl8Fj
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 28, 2022
Twitter account Premier League Panel said: “Klopp is evolving what was already an elite side to a new level. It’s the midfield where we see this most.The Thiago-Fabinho-Keïta trio is a far-cry from the Milner-Henderson-Wijnaldum trio he got to a CL final with.Targeting Tchouaméni & Bellingham would facilitate this further.”
Klopp is evolving what was already an elite side to a new level. It’s the midfield where we see this most.The Thiago-Fabinho-Keïta trio is a far-cry from the Milner-Henderson-Wijnaldum trio he got to a CL final with.Targeting Tchouaméni & Bellingham would facilitate this further.
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) April 28, 2022
There was also a bit of love for Ulla, Klopp’s wife, who appeared to have a say in the German staying.
Liverpool fan Roopa wrote: “Ulla Klopp deserves a statue for this by the way.”
Ulla Klopp deserves a statue for this by the way
— Roopa (@LFC_RV) April 28, 2022
And fans are already eyeing up their next new deal.
Jurgen Klopps new contract is the most important contract in my life. Salah will be next now he knows the main mans staying 🙌❤️😍
— Stephen Jennings (@Jenko12345) April 28, 2022