Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a further two-year contract extension at Anfield.
The German still had two years left on his current contract and had previously suggested he could step down when his contract ran out – but is now expected to stay until at least the summer of 2026.
The Reds have also confirmed that assistant coaches Pep Ljinders and Peter Krawietz have also signed new contracts with the Merseyside club, in another boost to Klopp’s new deal. There were fears that Ljinders might enter management himself, but those fears have now been allayed.
Mike Gordon – the chairman of Fenway Sports Group (FSG), owner of Liverpool – flew into Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final against Villarreal, with one of his top priorities discussing an extension. contract with Klopp.
54-year-old agent Marc Kosicke was also at Anfield for Wednesday night’s first leg and sat a few seats behind Gordon, and led the talks following positive noises from Klopp’s camp.
Klopp, who has been in charge since 2015, remains on track to claim a historic quadruple this season after the 2-0 win over Villarreal at Anfield gives them firm control to reach a third Champions League final in four years.
His side will also face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next month and are one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City with five games remaining, having won the League Cup in February.
The German manager won five trophies during his seven years at the club, including the 2019/20 Premier League title and the Champions League in 2019.
Recruitment over the next two summer windows is expected to focus on refreshing the squad after key players previously secured long-term renewals.
Klopp: I love our club, it’s the best place to be
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Liverpoolfc.com:
“There is something to announce. Like last time, some will like it, some won’t. If you don’t like it, stop watching now.
“I’m staying for two more years. And not just me! No, all my coaches too, which is the most important thing actually.
“Why? is now the question…because Ulla wants to stay! As a good husband, what do you do when your wife wants to stay? reasons.
“You know, I love our club, it’s the best place to be. I feel really, really lucky. What is it now? Six and a half years ago, FSG thought that it would be a good idea to bring a guy from Germany and we’re in. We’ll be staying two more, that’s four from now.
“Wow! It’s a long time in football. I hope we all have a good time together. See you soon…”
‘FSG acted very quickly as soon as they heard positive noises from Klopp’s camp’
Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor:
“There was never any doubt, like when Jurgen Klopp hinted he wanted to stay at Liverpool, FSG are taking action – they did it in 2016 and 2019 – and they did it today.
“We were in training earlier today and it looked like something was going on like an official photo shoot. The club photographer was there, Klopp was there with his backstage team and then had a separate photo with his two assistants as well, and that gave an indication that things had moved on quite quickly.
“Just to put into context how quickly this has evolved, Mike Gordon, the chairman of the FSG, arrived yesterday (Wednesday) for the game and one of his main priorities was to carry out the talks with Klopp. He was sat a few seats away from Jurgen’s agent, too, and all because of the positive noises coming from Klopp’s camp.
“FSG have evolved very quickly given this positive movement from Klopp, as they also did in 2016 and 2019, and now Klopp is staying beyond 2024, he is staying until 2026. And of course he still remains the small question of the quadruple to opt for this season.”
Crucial matches in the title race will be shown live on Sky Sports
The run-in of the Premier League title race continues sky sports with two rearranged luminaires – Wolves v Manchester City and Southampton v Liverpool – will be broadcast live in May.
As things stand, Pep Guardiola’s City lead the Premier League by one point, followed by Klopp’s Reds, with five games of the season remaining.
Now two of their revamped fixtures are scheduled for next month and will be streamed live on sky sports.
Man City’s trip to Wolves will now be played on Wednesday May 11, with kick-off at 8.15pm. Liverpool’s visit to Southampton has been rescheduled for Tuesday May 17 with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Manchester City or Liverpool? Carra breaks down the title run-in
Jamie Carragher analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of Liverpool and Manchester City on Monday Night Football and looked at the areas that could see them drop points as the Premier League title race hangs on the wire.
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s sides are still a single point apart at the top of the Premier League table after beating Watford and Everton respectively at the weekend.
They have five games each left to play, with Liverpool facing what looks like the trickiest run-in on paper, but Carragher believes both teams will slip by the end of the campaign.
“We’re talking about two brilliant teams,” the Sky Sports pundit told Monday Night Football. “You can’t really separate them in one area of the game, but I can see them both losing points.”
Liverpool match schedule:
April 30 – Newcastle (a) premier league
May 3 – Villarreal SF Champions League second leg
May 7 – Tottenham (h) premier league
May 10 – Aston Villa Premier League, live on Sky Sports
May 14 – Chelsea (Wembley) FA Cup Final
May 17 – Southampton Premier League, live on Sky Sports
May 22 – Wolves (h) premier league
May 28 – Champions League Final *
* Subject to progress
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