Jurgen Klopp has spoken of how he could not contemplate leaving Liverpool after putting pen to paper on a new long-term deal.
News of the manager’s new deal arrived on Friday to the joy of all those associated with the club, with the German and his support staff now signed up until 2024.
After putting pen to paper on a six-year deal merely months after arriving on Merseyside to take him up until 2022, Klopp had suggested he would be considering taking a sabbatical at the end of his terms.
However, he has forgone any such plans as he will now continue to guide the Reds well into the new decade as he admitted he could not fathom leaving the club, as the environment which has been created ensures there is “no better place” to be.
“This club is in such a good place, I couldn’t contemplate leaving,” Klopp said.
“I must also highlight the role of our sporting director, Michael Edwards, in this journey so far. His input and collaboration has been just as important as anyone else’s in getting us into a position to compete for the game’s top titles.
“For anyone in football who aspires to compete in an environment where every element of the organisation is at its very best – from the support of the supporters to the vision of the owners – there can be no better place than this.
“People see what happens on the pitch as a measure of our progress and although it is the best measure, it’s not the only measure. I have seen the commitment from ownership through to every aspect and function of the club you can think of.”
The boss arrived in October 2015 with the club in need of direction and a fresh start, and he has duly delivered with a Champions League title and the rebuild of a squad who is currently sitting at the Premier League summit.
In over four years, Klopp has transformed the club from the inside out and has restored a belief into the players and supporter base.
And while Klopp has always felt he and Liverpool Football Club “were perfect for each other,” it is a sentiment which has grown year upon year and has culminated in his new long-term deal.
“When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that,” he continued.
“It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complimentary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024.
“If I didn’t I would not be re-signing.”