After months of speculation, Liverpool have ended any doubts about Jurgen Klopp considering a new challenge by tying down the manager to a new contract until 2024. Since coming to the club in 2014, Klopp has begun a revolution at Anfield and the peak is yet to be reached. After the Champions League victory last summer, the Reds are on course to lift the first Premier League title this season owing to an eight-point lead over Manchester City even before Christmas.
It is no secret that Liverpool have been enjoying harmony in the last four seasons. Klopp has been able to get on with his job with remarkable consistency. He has been backed well by the board even as renovation of Anfield went on. There has been no trouble from players, who have pushed on with the same goal. It would have been easy for many of this Liverpool squad to drop their heads after a couple of last-gasp disappointments. Yet, Klopp has pulled the team together from moments of despair like the title race last season.
The 52-year-old will also be creating a personal history, as he has never been a manager at a club for such a long period. Since starting his managerial career with Mainz 05 in 2001, Klopp has averaged around seven seasons in his previous two jobs. If the German lasts until the end of this new contract, he would have spent a remarkable nine seasons with the Reds.
Klopp was not thinking about opening up contract negotiations until the summer. However, it is obvious that he enjoys the impressive working relationship that he enjoys with the board. Signing the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have been able to reassure everyone concerned with Liverpool that the manager and board mean serious business. In fact, recruitment has been so good that players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have had little reason to increase transfer interest from abroad.
There has been a strong improvement from Liverpool in terms of recruitment. Gone are the days when the club were largely splashing the cash on mediocre players. The likes of Fernando Torres turned out to be stars in the sky. Now, however, Klopp has been responsible for bringing together a large quantity of talent who have delivered as per expectation. Even as the club announced Klopp’s new contract, a new signing in the form of Takumi Minamino is getting closer. The Red Bull Salzburg player has left a strong impression on Liverpool following his performances against the Reds, and he is on the verge of moving to Liverpool for around £ 7 million.
Apart from the progress made on the pitch, Klopp has also steadily overseen the development of Anfield and the training facilities. The stadium has been receiving sizable updates that could bring it on par with the likes of Old Trafford and Tottenham’s new stadium in terms of capacity.
Klopp has made a sensational impact in just over four years. It is great news that he now has another four years to build on from this position.