Jürgen Kloop agreed to a contract extension today which will keep him at Liverpool FC until 2022.
Everyone at the club is thrilled with Klopp, which resulted with a swift contract extension after the German manager joined Liverpool in October last year. The German manager is keen to make Liverpool FC a long-term project, just like he did with Borussia Dortmund, where he spent 7 years and let them to two domestic titles and one cup.
This team the Premier League is host to the best managers in today’s football as Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger all come together in the same league, so the Liverpool owners decided to tie their own top manager.
Klopp signed for Liverpool in October 2015 and led the club to an 8th-place finish in 2015-16, missing the European spot by 2 points. The season before, Brendan Rodgers finished 6th and qualified for the Europa League but the team was in turmoil.
Despite the 8th-place finish, Jürgen Kloop obviously assumed control over the club the way a manager should, and also had a mammoth task of rebuilding the squad after Steven Gerrard left Anfield.
The German manager never really had a chance to sign players, as all the important 2015-16 transfers – Benteke, Firmino, Clyne, Milner – were brought in before Klopp became the manager in October. The only signing Klopp was responsible for was young Serbian midfielder Marko Grujić for £5.1m, and he sold striker Fabio Borini to Sunderland for £8m after he already was on loan with the same club.
This season, Klopp finally got to sign some important players and chose to bring in Sadio Mane from Southampton for £34m and two players he knows well from Germany – German U-21 goalkeeper Loris Karius (Mainz, £4.7m) and 24-year-old central defender Joel Matip (Schalke, free). Aging defender Kolo Toure was released, Jordan Rossiter went to Glasgow Rangers for free, and Jerome Sinclair’s fee to Watford was not disclosed.
Apparently, Liverpool and Klopp won’t be making any big-name transfers but will get rid of unwanted ballast and will address the needs of the team as a whole as Klopp steers the team towards his preferred high-tempo playing style.
And now he has six years to make it happen.