Jurgen Klopp finally led Liverpool to a major championship triumph with the team’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League Final last weekend.
It marked the sixth European title for the Reds, and it was the first trophy for Klopp since taking over for Brendan Rodgers at Anfield back in late 2015.
While Klopp insists that this is just the beginning for him at Liverpool, ESPN FC reported Tuesday that there is a chance he steps away from managing when his current contract with the club expires in the summer of 2022.
Jurgen Klopp, 51, has said in the past that he would like to take time to step away from the “very intense” demands that come with managing a major club. Prior to taking the Liverpool job nearly 4 years ago, Klopp had taken a sabbatical from his previous job as manager at Borussia Dortmund in Germany. Klopp has indicated that he would like to take a full year off from managing at some point in order to spend more time with his family.
You don’t need to read a football betting guide to know how important Klopp is to Liverpool’s chances of success. Liverpool have improved their place in the standings steadily throughout Klopp’s tenure. The Reds finished fourth in each of Klopp’s first 2 full seasons at the helm before finishing as runners-up to Manchester City this past term.
Liverpool’s owners are hopeful that Klopp will accept a new contract. Reports indicate that Fenway Sports Group wants Klopp to stay with the club for longer than the 3 years remaining on his current deal. Klopp currently makes about €7 million per year, but FSG are reportedly set to offer him a longer contract that will pay him around €10 million per season.
There is no word on whether Klopp would accept a new deal, or whether he has changed his mind about taking a break following the 2021-22 campaign. Those close to the situation believe that it would not take long to come to terms on a new deal if Klopp were to be open to staying at Anfield longer than initially expected. Klopp has a strong relationship with FSG president Mike Gordon, who reportedly stayed at Klopp’s house following Liverpool’s victory parade earlier in the week.
Klopp signed a 6-year contract extension back in June of 2016. Klopp reportedly said at the time that he could envision himself remaining at Anfield for the remainder of his coaching career, which caused Gordon to call principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner in order to draw up terms on a new contract. The news of Klopp signing wasn’t formally announced until the team’s preseason began the next month.
The Reds reportedly would have been willing to offer Klopp a new deal after last year’s Champions League Final loss to Real Madrid had the manager put in the request. The team’s ownership reportedly believes that his worth to the club goes beyond winning trophies, so the fact that he guided the Reds to this season’s Champions League title is merely icing on the cake.
The manager spent 7 years at Mainz and another 7 years at Dortmund before joining Liverpool. The Liverpool brass are optimistic that Klopp will be willing to extend his stay at Anfield beyond 7 years. However, his decision will be respected if he does choose to take a leave after the 2022 campaign.
Liverpool amassed a whopping 97 points in the Premier League this past season, but they wound up a point behind Manchester City for the league title. With another Champions League trophy on the shelf, Klopp and the Reds will an eye on winning the Premier League for the first time ever next season. Liverpool have not won the English top flight since 1990, before the Premier League was created.