Jurgen Klopp is set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, bringing an end to his nine-year spell at the Merseyside-based club. Klopp announced this decision via a social media post by Liverpool on Friday morning, stating, “I told the club already in November.”
Klopp was announced as the Liverpool manager in October 2015, and he led them to their first Premier League title in thirty years in the 2019–2020 season.
“I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it or at least try to explain it,” he stated, continuing, “I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.”
“It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again."
“After the years we had together, after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth—and that is the truth.”
In a press conference later on Friday, Klopp explained that he would never join another English club, and he made it clear that he wants to take a break from football. "Doing the job for 24 years, I never lived a life," he said. "I never wanted that that much that I had to think about it. Four weeks in the summer somehow was fine but it is not anymore."
Under the stewardship of Klopp, Liverpool won a number of major trophies, including the Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, the FA Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup. He joined Liverpool after leaving Borussia Dortmund, with whom he had managed to win two league titles back-to-back in Germany in 2011 and 2012 and reached a UEFA Champions League final in 2013.
Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League table with a 5-point lead over Manchester City, Arsenal, and Aston Villa in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively.
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