Jurgen Klopp has signed a contract extension with Liverpool that will keep him at the club until 2026.
Klopp’s deal was set to expire in 2024, with the expectation that he would take a sabbatical, but he has committed to a new contract. Klopp’s assistants, Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, have also signed extensions through 2026.
Klopp told the club’s website: “There are so many words I could use to describe how I am feeling about this news… delighted, humbled, blessed, privileged and excited would be a start.
“There is a freshness about us as a club still and this energises me. For as long as I have been here, our owners have been unbelievably committed and energetic about this club and it is clear that right now this applies to our future as much as I’ve ever known.”
“Like any healthy relationship, it always has to be a two-way street; you have to be right for each other. The feeling we were absolutely right for each other is what brought me here in the first place, and it’s why I’ve extended previously.
“This one is different because of the length of time we have been together. I had to ask myself the question: Is it right for Liverpool that I stay longer?
“Along with my two assistant managers, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, we came to the conclusion it was a ‘Yes!’
He also said his wife Ulla was instrumental in his decision, adding: “The most important contract I signed in my life was with Ulla.
“We sat at the kitchen table, and she said: ‘I can’t see us leaving in 2024.’ That is where it all started. After six and a half years on Merseyside, it seems the married couple have settled in and become accustomed to life in the area.
Liverpool are in contention for a historic Quadruple this season. They have already won the Carabao Cup and will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final while still being in the race for the Premier League title and Champions League.
Liverpool have one step in the Champions League final after securing a 2-0 win over Villarreal in the semifinal first leg. Klopp’s team is one point behind league leaders Manchester City, with five remaining campaign matches.
Klopp has guided Liverpool to five trophies since joining the club.
He guided them to a sixth European Cup success in 2018-19, but arguably his biggest achievement to date was in 2020 when he ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a 19th league title.
Klopp’s move to a high-pressing style has been a crucial part of Liverpool’s success. Under him, they posted 97 points to finish second in the Premier League to Manchester City in 2018-19 before reaching 99 a year later to lift the title.
Mike Gordon, president of Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, said: “Jurgen is the perfect figurehead for the modern Liverpool FC.”