Liverpool’s ownership group, FSG, have lauded one of the “biggest moments” of their time at the club after Jurgen Klopp committed his future at Anfield until 2024.
While Jurgen Klopp‘s arrival on Merseyside was not official until October 8 2015, Fenway Sports Group had already secured their man and with it, Liverpool’s future was only set to go in one direction.
The German has revolutionised the club since his arrival, with three successive European finals and the club’s sixth European Cup, the formation of a formidable squad and he has laid the foundations for the club’s long-term future.
The work Klopp has done cannot be understated alongside Peter Krawietz and Pepijn Lijnders, who have both signed fresh terms, and in a joint statement owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and FSG president Mike Gordon all spoke of their immense delight at the contract extension.
“We are absolutely delighted we have been able to reach an agreement with Jurgen – as well as Peter and Pep – on extending their time with the club,” they jointly said.
“As we are sure our supporters would agree, it is truly wonderful news and we are all extremely thrilled, not only professionally, but personally too.
“We feel this represents one of the big moments of our stewardship of Liverpool Football Club so far as we believe there is no better manager than Jurgen. The decision also keeps with the club’s overall strategy of building from a position of strength.
“It means Jurgen will oversee the ongoing transition from Melwood to the new Kirkby training base as the club continues to pursue a vision of being elite in all facets of the industry.”
There was also a clear desire to recognise the “collective partnership” from within the club, with Michael Edwards receiving well-deserved praise as the Reds continue to cement themselves as one of the world’s leading clubs.
There’s no denying how highly the owners think of Klopp, hailing him “the best there is” as he continues to build a lasting legacy on Merseyside.
“It also provides us with continuity with the existing football operations management structure, overseen by sporting director Michael Edwards, whose input into the project cannot be overestimated,” they continued.
“He has been – and will continue to be – as indispensably important as anyone else to the direction of Liverpool Football Club. In Jurgen and Michael, we are blessed with world-class leadership.
“This is a collective partnership that has seen the club reach and then re-establish itself as an elite performer at home and abroad.
“Back in 2015, we used the phrase ‘ideal fit’ when we appointed Jurgen. This continues to apply today and, if anything, the circumstances make it more pertinent. We consider him to be the best there is.
“If Liverpool Football Club were looking to appoint the most outstanding, elite manager for our current status today, Jurgen would be the first choice – no question.
“We believe this deal cements a relationship built on trust and mutual benefit: Jurgen has delivered for LFC and LFC has delivered for Jurgen.
“Both parties have come to the conclusion that by continuing to work together and build on the work of the last four years, the opportunity exists to maximise each other’s potential.”
In his own statement, Klopp praised the owners for how well run the club is, saying: “This club is in such a good place, I couldn’t contemplate leaving.
“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.”
Liverpool FC is in a good place.