Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager signs six-year contract
Liverpool have confirmed that Jurgen Klopp has signed a new
long-term contract at Anfield.
Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp has signed a six-
year deal, taking him to 2022, a club source has told ESPN FC.
Klopp’s senior assistants — Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz —
have also signed extensions.
Klopp only took charge at Liverpool in October, but ESPN FC was
told on Wednesday that the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group
(FSG), had approached the 49-year-old about extending his stay on
Klopp 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.
“We are very much at the beginning of our journey, but to already
have the connection we have with this very special place is
“I am the first to recognise that with this great commitment comes
a great responsibility. All of our coaching careers we have looked
to make teams and clubs better, with the ultimate goal of making
the supporters proud and happy.
“To do this we have to make sure we always put player and team
development at the heart of every major decision. It is my job to
lead that and ensure every element of the LFC football environment
reflects the best practices in the game. It is fantastic that the
club’s ownership is just as committed to this as we are.
“There is much to do and much to achieve and we look to do this
by being the most completely together group anywhere in the
world. That’s everyone and we all have responsibility for it — all of
us who are part of this LFC family: players, staff, ownership and of
course the supporters.
“By being together at all times, we will be stronger, better and our
Jürgen Klopp has committed his long-term future to #LFC by
signing an extended contract:
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 8, 2016
Liverpool ended the German’s first campaign in eighth place in the
Premier League, failing to secure European qualification, but they
reached the finals of both the Capital One Cup and the Europa
In a joint statement, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom
Werner and FSG president Mike Gordon said: “When you have an
individual of Jurgen’s quality in the building it makes perfect sense
to secure that person for the long term. To not do so would be
“The overriding motivation behind this decision is Jurgen’s
commitment to overall improvement and development. In Jurgen
we have someone who is always looking ahead, always looking
beyond his own wants and needs and putting the club first.
“The ideas and plans he has for the football infrastructure excite us
and 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.
“By making this commitment to him, we are taking away any future
distractions or doubt. We will move forward in partnership
together, with confidence in each other and with the club’s future
at the forefront of every decision.
“He is a world-class managerial talent and his leadership will be
critical to everything we hope to achieve in the years ahead.”
In May, Klopp revealed his preference to work at clubs for a long
periods of time.
He said: “Seven years in Liverpool hopefully. Maybe you know
better what people think when I joined the club. I am not sure
about it, but for me it’s the only way to work to be honest.
“I don’t feel the pressure. I cannot change. I feel opportunity. I feel
the pressure of the game and developing players. I don’t think I
have all the time in the world but I don’t think I’ve ever felt doubt
“If that’s right I don’t know but it makes me completely free to
make decisions and for my team and myself to be free to develop
“What can I say? Yeah, my former clubs all wanted to extend
contracts before I thought about leaving.
“Maybe it’s a long time with Liverpool I don’t know, but nobody
should think about three years, we want to use the momentum.”