The 56-year-old attributed his shocked decision to “running out of energy”. Jürgen Klopp has revealed the decision to leave the club at the end of the season.
Klopp, who has been at the helm of Liverpool since 2015 and is contracted until 2026, has made a surprising announcement through the club’s media outlet. He has disclosed his decision to step down two years ahead of schedule. This news will undoubtedly be a heartbreaking setback for Liverpool fans, who hold the charismatic German in high regard. It will also impact the players and the owner, Fenway Sports Group, as Klopp’s appointment as the former Borussia Dortmund coach had a transformative effect on the club’s success.
Liverpool claims no one has been approached as a potential replacement for Klopp, but former midfielder Xabi Alonso, who led Bayer Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga, is likely to be considered.
Under Klopp, Liverpool won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup. They also reached the Carabao Cup final on Wednesday and are five points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, despite having played one more game.
Klopp said he had told the owners in November of his intention to leave. “I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people at this moment when you hear it for the first time, but I can explain it – or at least try to explain it,” he said.
“I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.
“It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I would have to announce it at one point, but I am fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.
“After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth.”
Liverpool have won every major award since the 56-year-old German joined the Reds.
Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth European Cup appearance in 2019, defeating Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid.
Victories in the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and, above all, the Premier League title the following season followed.
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Liverpool won the National Cup twice in the 2021/22 season, but lost to Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season and lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris, so they unfortunately lost the fourth crown. missed.
The Reds failed to win any major silverware last season, but are in contention for four trophies this season. They defeated Fulham on Wednesday to advance to the Carabao Cup final. I had one more game.
Manager Klopp said there were no health reasons for his resignation. “I’m fine. I’m in unbelievable health for my age. I told the club in November that I needed to explain a little bit that people might be looking at my work from the outside. No. I’m on the sidelines, training sessions and things like that, but most of what happens around that.
“I mean, the season has started and we’re already planning for next season, and we’re sitting there together thinking about the possibility of a new contract, the next summer camp, and where we can go. As we were talking about whether or not, the following thought came into my mind: “I don’t know if I’ll still be here then.” And then it happened. I was surprised. Starting to think about it.
“It didn’t start then, but of course last season was a very difficult season. There were moments when at any other club I probably would have made the decision, ‘Okay, thank you for everything.’ There was. But maybe we should break it out. ‘It ends here or it ends here.’ That didn’t happen here. It was very, very, very important to me to be able to help this team get back on its feet. That’s all I thought. Once I realized pretty early on that this was happening, that this was a really good team with great potential and great age range, great characters, etc., I was able to start thinking about myself again and the results This was it. It’s not what I want to do, it’s what I feel is 100% right. that’s it. ”