Jurgen Klopp Confounds Experts To Extend Anfield Stay As Liverpool Chase Immortality

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on December 09, 2021 in Kirkby, England. Photo: Andrew Powell via Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp has signed a contract extension with Liverpool that will keep him at the club until 2026.

The German and his staff were signed up until until 2024, but now they have prolonged the agreements by two years, much to the mirth of the Merseyside club’s fan base.

It was widely accepted up to this point that the 54-year-old, who took charge in October 2015, would leave Liverpool and take a sabbatical at the end of the campaign in 2024.

However, the German has been re-energised by his side’s chase for the quadruple this season.

Klopp told the club’s website: “There are so many words I could use to describe how I am feeling about this news… delighted, humbled, blessed, privileged and excited would be a start.

There is a freshness about us as a club still and this energises me. For as long as I have been here, our owners have been unbelievably committed and energetic about this club and it is clear that right now this applies to our future as much as I’ve ever known.”

Mike Gordon, the president of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group, was in attendance on Wednesday as Klopp’s men beat Villarreal 2-0 in their Champions League semi-final first leg.

Liverpool’s owners have been determined to keep Klopp beyond his existing terms and made their move after the indication he wanted to do the same.

Liverpool have already won the Carabao Cup, are one point behind Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, will contest the FA Cup final and have one foot in the Champions League showpiece.

Klopp guided the Reds already to a Champions League, Club World Cup and Super Cup with Liverpool in 2019, before capturing the Premier League title in 2020.