Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he ‘couldn’t contemplate leaving’ Liverpool after signing a new contract to extend his stay at the club until 2024.
The Liverpool boss has put pen to paper on an extension to his current deal, the news coming after what has been a hugely successful four-year spell at Anfield that has transformed the club’s fortunes in recent seasons.
The 52-year-old guided the Reds to Champions League glory with victory over Tottenham in June’s final in Madrid, whilst his current side have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the new season and have established an eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League as they seek to end their long wait for a league title.
Assistant managers Peter Krawietz and Pep Lijnders have also agreed new deals as the club lay the long-term foundations for future success, and the German admits he had no hesitations in extending his stay at the club.
“For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my knowledge of what we as a partnership have achieved so far and what is still there for us to achieve,” Klopp told the official club website.
“When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues to take place, I feel my contribution can only grow.
“People see what happens on the pitch as a measure of our progress and although it is the best measure, it’s not the only measure. I have seen the commitment from ownership through to every aspect and function of the club you can think of.
“When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that. It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complimentary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024.
“If I didn’t I would not be re-signing.
“This club is in such a good place, I couldn’t contemplate leaving.
“I must also highlight the role of our sporting director, Michael Edwards, in this journey so far. His input and collaboration has been just as important as anyone else’s in getting us into a position to compete for the game’s top titles.
“For anyone in football who aspires to compete in an environment where every element of the organisation is at its very best – from the support of the supporters to the vision of the owners – there can be no better place than this.”