"Good luck with that!" – Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool coach will join Steven Gerrard in Saudi Arabia next season

Jurgen Klopp will end his nine-year stint at Liverpool this summer.
Jurgen Klopp will end his nine-year stint at Liverpool this summer.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg will join Steven Gerrard's coaching team at Al-Ettifaq next campaign.

During his final pre-match press conference as Reds boss, Klopp was asked about Achterberg's future at the Merseyside outfit. He responded to reporters (h/t Echo):

"John Achterberg joins Stevie in Saudi. Good luck with that! A fantastic coach. [First-team assistant goalkeeping coach] Jack Robinson is leaving as well. Fantastic young coach, future is bright for him. So many people will leave but it's normal. They [aren't leaving] because I [am]. It's a new start and it's fine. Everyone is super thankful. They will be fine and I will follow whatever they do."

Achterberg, who played for over a decade at Tranmere Rovers, joined Liverpool as a goalkeeping coach of the reserve and academy goalkeepers in 2009. Afterwards, he was promoted to first-team duties in 2011.

Al-Ettifaq, meanwhile, are currently in sixth spot in the Saudi Pro League table with 44 points from 31 games. Gerrard's side have shipped 32 goals so far as first-team goalkeeper Paulo Victor has kept 11 shutouts.

Jurgen Klopp offers thoughts on Liverpool's lack of silverwares under his management

During a pre-match presser, Jurgen Klopp was asked if Liverpool should have won more trophies during his tenure. He replied (h/t Echo):

"I'm absolutely fine. I know we could have won more but I can't change that. We could have won less as well. Not being champion by a point is not a great experience but it's an experience. I couldn't have done anything different. When we didn't score at City when the ball wasn't over the line, and then [Sergio] Aguero scores at Burnley when it is just over the line. That is not my fault!"

Klopp, who helped Liverpool emerge as a heavyweight again, added:

"We could have won more Champions Leagues. Being in three finals is an outstanding achievement. There is a good chance you lose the final, that's how it is. Real Madrid, they always find a way to win it. We tried again. I would not be happy if I thought I could have done more. I couldn't have done more. Could someone else have done better? Possibly. But not me, and I'm fine with it."

With Klopp at the helm, Liverpool lifted a Premier League title, a UEFA Champions League trophy, a FA Cup crown, and five other trophies.

The Reds, who are third in the league with 79 points, will next face Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of their fans on Sunday (May 19).

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