Liverpool have been assured that Jurgen Klopp will not walk out of his contract before it’s finished, unlike the career-minded Jose Mourinho, by Raphael Honigstein.
Just days after Liverpool’s Champions League triumph, ESPN announced that Klopp is considering a 12-month sabbatical once his current contract expires in 2022. The German is allegedly keen to take a break from the “very intense” demands of football.
Apparently, Liverpool are aware of this and have opted to not pressure Klopp into making a decision over his future.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach won his first piece of silverware at Anfield last season after suffering three final defeats in the EFL Cup, Europa League and Champions League. It was also Liverpool’s first trophy since 2012.
The Reds are, therefore, keen to retain fan favourite Klopp for the foreseeable future. However, Honigstein assured them that they will at least be able to hold on to the 52-year-old until 2022.
The German football expert pointed out that, unlike Mourinho, Klopp is not someone who strays when he has a contract.
“If the biggest worry for Liverpool fans is that Klopp might resign because he wins too much and he wins the Premier League, maybe that’s not a bad place to be,” Honigstein told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.
“He’s never not fulfilled his contract, he’s never walked away from a club. He’s never changed clubs half-way through.
“Klopp is not a Mourinho type who is always kind of looking, ‘What is my next move?’ I don’t think he thinks that far ahead.
“He still has three years left to run, I think Liverpool would extend his contract in a heartbeat.
“I think he doesn’t see the need right now. Unlike a player who might just say, ‘Give me more money and I’ll give you two more years.’ He isn’t really motivated by that at this point.
“We’ll see what kind of mood he comes back in from his holidays. If he feels, ‘Liverpool is so amazing for me. I can see myself doing this for another 10 years, I will sign an extension.’
“Or he thinks, ‘Three years is so long, I don’t need the security or all this kind of stuff that comes with extending my contract. I’m just going to do this.’
“What I don’t see, is him walking away before the existing contract is up.
“You never know, things might fall apart, I don’t know he might have a falling-out, in football things happen.
“But realistically speaking, I don’t see any scenario that sees him walking away before 2022.”
Mourinho has coached eight different clubs across his 19-year managerial career. Interestedly, the Portuguese has never spent more than three years at a single team.