Jurgen Klopp has signed a contract extension with Liverpool, keeping him at the club until 2026.
Klopp’s deal was due to expire in 2024, with the expectation that he would take time off, but he has committed to a new contract. Klopp’s assistants, Pepin Leenders and Peter Krawetz, also signed extensions until 2026.
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“There are so many words I can use to describe how I feel about this news… It will be a happy, humble, blessed, distinguished and enthusiastic start,” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.
“There is so much to love about this place. I knew that before I came here, I got to know him better after my arrival and now I know him more than ever.
“Like any healthy relationship, it should always be a two-way street; you should be a good fit for each other. Feeling so right about each other is what got me here in the first place and that’s why I extended earlier.”
“It’s different because of how long we’ve been together. I had to ask myself the question: Is it okay for Liverpool to stay longer?
“Together with two assistant directors, Babe Linders and Pete Krawetz, we came to the conclusion that was ‘Yes!’
“There is a novelty for us as a club and that has given me energy. I’ve always been here, our owners have been incredibly committed and energetic about this club and that obviously applies now to our future just as much as I knew before.”
The 54-year-old has enjoyed a successful stint at Anfield since taking charge in October 2015. He led Liverpool to their first Premier League title in the club’s history in 2020 after winning the Champions League the previous year. He also won the Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the Carabao Cup during his time on Merseyside.
“It’s always difficult to find the right words to adequately reflect Jurgen’s importance and contribution to our club, but today’s announcement really speaks for itself,” said Mike Gordon of Fenway Sports Group.
“But I speak on behalf of my partners John [Henry] and Tom [Werner]Like me, Jürgen is the perfect figure for modern-day Liverpool FC. This is especially true of what he represents, on and off the field. It also applies to the leader and the man. Because of our extraordinary playing team, outstanding coaches, world-class football operations team and the wonderful staff of the club, we are fortunate to have the most important resource any organization could wish for: amazing people.”
Liverpool are competing to achieve a historic quartet this season. They have already won the Carabao Cup and will face Chelsea in the FA Cup Final while still in the race for the Premier League and Champions League titles.
Liverpool advanced one step in the Champions League final after beating Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of the semi-finals. Klopp’s team is one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, with five games remaining in the season.
Klopp added: “When the owners offered me the possibility of renovation, I asked myself the question I thought publicly. Do I have the energy and vitality to give myself once again what this wonderful place requires from the person in the manager’s office, headquarters, center?”
“I didn’t really need long to answer. The answer was very simple… I love here and I feel fine!”