As if they didn’t already have enough to cheer about, Liverpool fans can now rejoice in the fact that Jurgen Klopp has agreed to be their manager until 2024. The reigning European champions are currently say on top of the Premier League, 14 points ahead of last season’s winners Manchester City and eight points clear of unlikely challengers Leicester City.
What’s more, they have been linked with a January move for Salzburg star Takumi Minamino with several respected journalists suggesting that a five-year deal has been agreed.
On the same day the club announced Kopp’s extension, it was also revealed that assistants Peter Krawietz and Pepijn Lijnders have also agreed on deals to continue working alongside the German. The agreement confirms that one of the world’s most coveted coaches is not going anywhere and is happy on Merseyside.
The club is growing into a dominant force in European football, and with a new training complex and more stadium development on the horizon, the future is bright for the Anfield team. The new contract is a statement of intent from Klopp and the owners who finally seem to have found the winning formula after eight years of ownership.
Klopp was quick to praise the contribution of his assistants on helping the club to return to the pinnacle of the sport. And he also recognised the input of the owners and their collaborative approach.
From the owners, commercial team and sporting director to the coaching staff, squad and youth set-up, the Reds have created one of the best environments in world football and one that other clubs will be aspiring towards. Add to that, the passionate local support and worldwide fan base and the club look set for plenty of more success. Klopp's men are currently odds-on favourites in the football betting to prevail in next week's World Club Championships and win their third trophy of 2019.
A history of success
The deal means Klopp will have spent nine years at the club by the time it expires, longer than he spent at Borussia Dortmund where he won two Bundesliga titles, three domestic cups and reached a Champions League final before switching to the Reds in 2015.
In an earlier spell at FSV Mainz 05, he led the club to the top flight for the first time in their history and also qualified for Europe.
In his first season at Anfield, Klopp guided the club to the finals of the League Cup and Europa League but they failed at the final hurdle on both occasions. It took another full season to get the club back in the Champions League and another year to reach to the final (2018) where they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in Ukraine. They overcame that disappointment by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final of the 2019 edition in Madrid to lift Europe’s elite trophy for the sixth time.
More silverware on the horizon
Last season, Liverpool recorded a club-record 97 points in the Premier League but still finished second to Manchester City by a single point. So far this term, they have remained unbeaten on their way to opening up an eight-point lead after 16 games and also have the World Club Cup to look forward too.
In addition, the recent 2-0 victory in Salzburg sent them through to the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners and kept their trophy defence on track. All in all, it’s been a positive few months for the red half of Merseyside.
Published by James Howart