Jurgen Klopp has discussed his plan to take a break from management once his Liverpool contract expires and says he will ask himself if he misses football before returning to the game.
Klopp is currently contracted to the Premier League champions until 2024 after extending his deal last December, with the German preparing his side for the defence of their title with a pre-season training camp in Austria at present.
The Liverpool boss has opened up on his future plans and admits he intends to take a break from the ‘brutal tension’ of football upon leaving the Merseyside club, and says his time with the Reds could be his final position in management should he fail to miss the sport during his time away.
“I’ll take a year off and ask myself if I miss football,” he told SportBuzzer. “If I say ‘no’ then that will be the end of coach Jurgen Klopp.
“If, one day, I am no longer a coach, there is one thing I will not miss: the brutal tension immediately before the game. That’s no laughing matter.”
Klopp has become a hugely popular figure since moving to English football and is now widely regarded amongst Liverpool’s finest managers, the 53-year-old having delivered the Champions League and a long-awaited Premier League title over the past two seasons.
The German admits he is pleased with his increased popularity following his recent success, pointing out that it ‘wasn’t that long ago’ that people were questioning his ability to win major honours, the Reds having lost six consecutive finals under the German before claiming the European Cup against Spurs in 2019.
“It wasn’t that long ago that Klopp could not win a final and certainly not the Premier League in this life,” he replied. “Now the whole thing is discussed and perceived differently.
“Of course, you would rather be popular than unpopular. Better slim than fat. And winning is also nicer than losing.”