Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has rubbished suggestions from his agent that the English weather and ‘climate change’ could prevent him from signing a contract extension at the club.
Despite hailing from the hardly tropical forest region in Germany, Klopp has seemingly had a long-standing displeasure with the British weather, using the wind as a convenient excuse on more than one occasion, including during last season’s Merseyside derby draw with Everton.
This week Klopp’s agent, Marc Kosicke, discussed his client’s long-term future at Liverpool, suggesting that the adverse climate conditions could play a part in the 52-year-old’s decision.
Klopp’s future at Anfield has been subject of much speculation in recent months, with the German having indicated he may decide to call time on his career in Merseyside following the conclusion of his current contract in 2022.
“Jurgen’s contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend,” Kosicke told Spox.
“We still have a little time for that. We must wait and see how everything develops and whether climate change will bring better weather to England or only to Germany.
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“One should not underestimate it [bad weather annoying Klopp], anyway. I remember that in November or December, Liverpool first asked for a contract extension. I said: ‘Let’s wait’.
“Ulla [Klopp’s wife] and Jurgen get up in the morning and it’s dark. When they meet again in the evening, it is also dark or it is grey and there is drizzle.
“During the winter break in Germany, if the weather is really bad, the clubs go on vacation for two weeks, then come back and fly directly to the training camp in the sun for several days.
“During this time, the coaches in England sometimes have to prepare for up to 13 games. They are already exhausted and it’s not so easy.”
Liverpool fans shouldn’t be too fearful about the comments though, with Klopp saying he is not yet ready to quit Merseyside and head for the beach, insisting he is fine with England’s notoriously dreary weather and describing Kosicke’s comments as ‘German humour’.
“There is nothing in that story,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.”He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious. It is German humour but obviously nobody got it…I am completely fine with the weather.
“Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.
“Maybe at the moment (in England) it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room! There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.
“When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.”