Jurgen Klopp signs contract extension with Liverpool, to stay at the club till 2022
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a long-term contract with English giants Liverpool. Klopp penned an enormous six-year contract extension after joining the Reds, replacing Brendan Rodgers after a disastrous start to the Premier League season.
Klopp joined Liverpool in October 2015, agreeing a £15m deal that would last till 2018, with the option to extend for another year. Although he ended up extending for four more years and will now stay at the club until 2022.
The German told Liverpool’s official website: “It’s hard to express in words how honoured myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general.” He added: "We are very much at the beginning of our journey."
Although he joined only nine months ago, he still signed an extension showing his loyalty to the Liverpool faithful. It also wards off any potential brewing of debates about his future with the club.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach also spoke about what needs to be done by saying: “It’s hard to express in words how honoured myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general.”
Klopp’s staff including Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz have also extended their deals. Liverpool’s official website states that the move was initiated by the owners, in recognition of the great commitment shown by Klopp and his coaching staff in improving, developing and leading the team to great success.
Liverpool’s owner John Henry, the chairman of Tom Werner and Mike Gordon, president of Fenway Sports Group said about Klopp in a joint statement: “When you have an individual of Jürgen’s quality in the building it makes perfect sense to secure that person for the long term. To not do so would be irresponsible.”
"The ideas and plans he has for the football infrastructure excite us. We believe it benefits the organisation to have Jurgen committed to Liverpool for a sustained period, to make sure he is here to oversee this development”, they added.
The eccentric coach also spoke about being together at all times and said that it will make them stronger and their success sweeter. Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League, finishing above Merseyside rivals Everton.
Although their season wasn’t anything spectacular, they did manage to reach the finals of the Europa League, losing the match 3-1 to Sevilla, despite taking the lead.