Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will leave the club at the end of the 2023-24 season, the Premier League club announced on Friday.
Klopp, 56, informed the club of his decision in the summer, and his staff are going with him – assistant managers Pep Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, as well as elite development coach Vitor Matos. Sporting director Jorg Schmadtke is also leaving Liverpool at the end of the season.
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The Champions League and Premier League champions are winning at the club and undoubtedly the rise of one of the biggest clubs in the world. Liverpool have also won the FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FA Community Shield during his time at the club, with the Reds leading the Premier League table.
He said he loves the team but is growing tired of it.
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“It’s, how can I say it, I’m lacking energy,” Klopp said. “I’m fine now, obviously, I already knew I had to make an announcement at some point, but I’m fine now. I know I can’t do this job again.”
Klopp also admitted that last season’s struggles could see the manager sacked by other clubs, and that “for me it was high, high, very important to help get the team back on track. That’s all I thought about.”
Why Jurgen Klopp is leaving Liverpool: Klopp’s words
Klopp gave a video to Liverpool and asked a lot of questions, which you can see and read here.
This is what he said in main club release:
“I can understand that it’s a shock to a lot of people at the moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or try to explain it.
“I love everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our fans, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But to still take this decision shows you that I believe it’s the one I have to take.
“And I, how can I say, I’m powerless. I don’t have a problem now, obviously, I already knew that I had to announce one time, but I’m fine now. I know that I can’t do this job again and again.
“After all the years we spent together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through, respect grew for you, love grew for you and the least I have is the truth – and that’s justice. The truth.”
Why is Jurgen Klopp announcing his departure now? Klopp gathers the troops
Jurgen Klopp has tipped his hand when it comes to why he is announcing now. He also said that it is impossible to keep a secret or when he announces it after the season, but as usual he is using his platform to turn this season into another “Us against the world” campaign.
You have to say – it worked and maybe it works.
“We will have a moment, maybe the last day of the game here or somewhere – I mean in other countries or other competitions. There is enough time to do things like this. Let’s go now for sure. The outside world wants to use this decision, laugh, want to confuse us.
“We’re Liverpool, we’ve faced challenges together. And you’ve gone through tough things before me. Let’s build on that. That would be really good. Let’s get rid of everything from this season and have something to smile about when we look back.”
What’s next for Jurgen Klopp?
For a long time, the German national team was mentioned many times as his next step. With Julian Nagelsmann there now, there is no clear place to reach.
And Klopp wants time off, saying in his press conference at 10am ET:
“No club, no next year’s country, no other English team, I can promise that. Even if I go without food, it won’t happen.