Liverpool may be last job, admits Klopp
German to make decision in 2025 following year off Williams signs long-term deal after breakout season
Jurgen Klopp has said that he plans to take a year off when his Liverpool contract expires – and that he may not return to management.
The German, whose deal has four more years to run, has not ruled out his current job being his last in the game.
When asked by Sportbuzzer about his plans post-2024, Klopp said: “I’ll take a year off and ask myself if I miss football. 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 had planned to have a year off after leaving Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2015, but he took the Liverpool job that October following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers.
He signed a contract extension in December after leading the Anfield club to what proved an unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League, ending their 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England.
Klopp has been routinely linked to other jobs, including managing Germany after the 2022 World Cup, when Joachim Low plans to stand down.
Asked about his popularity, he replied: “It wasn’t that long ago that Klopp could not win a final and certainly not the Premier League in this life. 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.”
Klopp and his Liverpool side are in pre-season training in Austria preparing for the Community Shield against Arsenal a week on Saturday.
They will begin the defence of their title two weeks later.
Klopp said: “We’re not defending any titles, we want to get new ones. We’ve only just started winning.
The whole club is up for the new season and wants to do it even better. We want to chase our opponents and continue to be a super unpleasant team that is not fun to play against.” Liverpool’s trip to Austria has coincided with young full-back Neco Williams signing a new longterm contract.
The 19-year-old earned a Premier League winners’ medal last season after making six top-flight appearances following his debut in the Carabao Cup in October. He said: “Last season was my breakout season, but the more games I play now, the more I train, I feel I am becoming a better player.”
Back to work: Liverpool are put through their paces during pre-season training in Austria as manager Jurgen Klopp (below) plans to build on last season’s Premier League triumph