Arne Slot to becomes Liverpool new head coach after Jurgen Klopp steps down from the post at the end of the 2023/24 season [Post #147]

Who could be the potential replacement for Jurgen Klopp after his exit from LFC?

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Wow - that came out of the blue!


Jurgen Klopp has announced he is leaving Liverpool at the end of the 2023/24 season.

The German joined the Reds in 2015 and delivered every major trophy during a glittering nine-year spell as manager.

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Jurgen Klopp: “I told the club already in November that I’m leaving at the end of the season”.

“I’m running out of energy, that’s the truth”.

“I love absolutely everything about this club and #LFC but I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again”.
 
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This has come out the blue. As a rival man. Thank god. Just need Pep to leave now to.
 
He should have left a few season ago, but he has a chance to leave this season with a few trophies
 
You can’t knock him, genuinely returned LFC to their former glory, literally from the bottom to the top. Completed the grand slam of titles in English footy and had major European success. On the other side of the pitch, am glad to see his back. The emotion/passion rubs some the wrong way but you need characters like Klopp and Jose in football.
 
I'd take klopp at end of season at Arsenal. Proven quality manager
Yup. Although unlikely as he will be taking a break by sounds of it.

I don't like to look back to much but Arsenal missed a massive opportunity when he left Dortmund, was perfect time to replace Wenger
 
Rivalries aside. He is an elite manager. The facts are that he's only won the 1 PL*, that to in Covid but that's cos of City and some may argue he has underachieved in the PL, which is fair.

The way he was able to get his players to play for him and the connection he had with them was fantastic. Yes he has annoying traits but don't they all.
 
There's gonna be some raw emotion on the last game this season
True, i just hope it doesn't turn into the ones where you think the person is dying or dead cos of the over the top tributes.

He's leaving his job, it aint that deep.
 
I'd take klopp at end of season at Arsenal. Proven quality manager

Sorry, can’t happen mate; he hasn’t taken LFC to the no.2 position consistently enough, he actually won major titles which immediately disqualifies him from managing Arsenal
 
What do LFC fans make of the timing of this announcement, should this have been left to the end of the season or will this do more for motivating the squad to push on
 
Yup. Although unlikely as he will be taking a break by sounds of it.

I don't like to look back to much but Arsenal missed a massive opportunity when he left Dortmund, was perfect time to replace Wenger
100% Arsenal missed the boat on getting him.
 
What do LFC fans make of the timing of this announcement, should this have been left to the end of the season or will this do more for motivating the squad to push on
Klopp says he announced it internally in Nov, at least that gives club time to look at getting new manager in place etc..

Some Liverpool fans wanted him gone a season or so ago, some didn't. I think all their fans will appreciate that they won all 4 major trophies under klopp whilst he was here and vs Pep.
 
Rivalries aside. He is an elite manager. The facts are that he's only won the 1 PL*, that to in Covid but that's cos of City and some may argue he has underachieved in the PL, which is fair.

The way he was able to get his players to play for him and the connection he had with them was fantastic. Yes he has annoying traits but don't they all.
Overall the number of trophies will reflect as underwhelming.

But they have won all 4 major trophies whilst he's been here, plus they probably will win league cup and europa this season atleast I reckon
 
Jürgen Klopp has explained his reasoning behind his decision to step down as manager of Liverpool at the end of the season – but wants a ‘business as usual’ approach from everyone connected with the club until then.

Having helped the Reds reach the Carabao Cup final at Wembley in midweek, the boss made the announcement that he is to depart his post at the conclusion of 2023-24.

The news comes after eight-and-a-half outstandingly successful years at the helm – and with four trophies still to contest before the campaign is up, Klopp wants everyone to pull together in attempt to write another successful chapter in his team’s story.

Jürgen, we’re here because you have a message for the Liverpool supporters. Would you like to share what that is?

Yes, I have to. I will leave the club at the end of the season. I can understand that that’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or at least try to explain it. I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take. It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again. After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth. That’s it, pretty much.

You offered a lot of detail in that first answer, but I am sure you appreciate how big this news is for our supporters, so we’ll drill down into some of the topics and the reasons behind your decision. I think the first thing fans will want to know is has something happened and are you OK?

I am OK. I am healthy, as much as you can [be] at my age. Little bits and bobs, stuff like that, but nothing anybody has to be concerned about, so that’s absolutely fine. I told the club already in November. I have to explain a little bit that maybe the job I do people see from the outside, I’m on the touchline and in training sessions and stuff like this, but the majority of all the things happen around these kind of things. That means a season starts and you plan pretty much the next season already. When we sat there together talking about potential signings, the next summer camp and can we go wherever, the thought came up, ‘I am not sure I am here then anymore’ and I was surprised myself by that. I obviously start thinking about it. It didn’t start [then], but of course last season was kind of a super-difficult season and there were moments when at other clubs probably the decision would have been, ‘Come on, thank you very much for everything but probably we should split here, or end it here.’ That didn’t happen here, obviously. For me it was super, super, super-important that I can help to bring this team back onto the rails. It was all I was thinking about. When I realised pretty early that happened, it’s a really good team with massive potential and a super age group, super characters and all that, then I could start thinking about myself again and that was the outcome. It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100 per cent right. That’s it.

Is there a reason you’re making this decision now, particularly given the stage of the season we’re at?

In an ideal world I wouldn’t have said anything to anybody until the end of the season, win everything and then say goodbye. That’s not possible. In the world we are living in, it’s not possible to keep things like this secret; it’s maybe a surprise that we could keep it [a secret] until now. There are so many things which are influenced by it, especially personal situations. People from my staff need to know early – and especially the club needs to know early and needs to plan. You cannot plan anything and you cannot really start. You can do a lot of stuff with knowing it but not making it public, but the decisive things, a lot of things, you cannot do. That means the club needs time. Over the years my role was a pretty dominant one. It was not intentional, but it happened. There were a lot of moments where I wished that I didn’t have to do that again [leave a club] – it is the third time I have to do something like that and I really don’t want that. But in the end I have to because one thing I am really convinced of [is] if you have to make a decision like that, it is better you do it slightly early than slightly too late. Too late would have been absolutely the worst thing to happen [if], I don’t know, next season in September I realised, ‘Oh my God, that’s it – I cannot do it anymore’ and then we are in the middle of a season and everything. This club, everything we built in the last years, is a wonderful platform, a wonderful basis for the future and the only thing that could disturb that now is pretty much that you cannot make the right decisions because you are running out of time, and that’s what was very important to me: that I really inform everybody as early as somehow possible.

You said ‘disturbance’ there. Are you at all concerned this news could have a negative impact on the remainder of the season?

I understand the question 100 per cent, [but] that’s up to us, I would say. I had a similar situation at Dortmund. The circumstances are completely different but it is a similar situation, you cannot deny that. It is up to us. After this announcement we will have a press conference and stuff like that. After that, I am 100 per cent in this season. We can go through it, I think in an ideal world we have kind of 30 games coming up or something like that. That is, in other countries, a full season. There are so many things to play for and there might be some ideas from the outside to disturb what we are doing, but it is all about us. The way we grew together in the last few years is absolutely exceptional. Absolutely exceptional. I always said it, and especially now it is still true, nothing has to happen because of me. Nobody has to make the games now about me – please don’t, if I can ask for that it would be really nice – and we just support each other. I am fully here – I don’t think anybody realised any difference in the last few months. If [they did] then maybe a positive change because I have to say when I made the decision, as hard as it is, it was a relief as well. It was like, ‘OK, there is a finishing line’ and not for not being here anymore. If I could stay here in that role I would be over the moon, I just can’t. That’s it. I really want to perform on the highest level and we only get disturbed if we let it happen as a club. I really hope that it will not happen, with the team I am sure that they will be fine. With the crowd I am sure they will be fine, but the world out there is bigger, the social media and all these kind of things, but I think it is worth [it] that we do what we always did. We live in the moment, we push each other as much as we can and we go for absolutely everything. The rest is next season, there is no difference really for that season, to be 100 per cent honest. Everything what happened in the last few years it was always my name but obviously plenty of people are working on everything and they are still working on that and still doing that. My role will change, a lot of other things will stay the same, so the club is in good hands and the future is bright – and even brighter when I don’t have to do it anymore with not exactly the same energy level as before. If you look at my career, this career is actually not possible, I would say, because where I am coming from, ending up as the manager of Liverpool FC is a fairy tale and a very difficult thing to plan. Impossible to plan and difficult to reach, but it is only possible if you are very busy and 100,000 per cent committed to everything you do and you dedicate your whole life to it. That’s what I did. I came here, and I said it on the first day, as a normal guy. I am still a normal guy, I just don’t live a normal life for too long now. I don’t want to wait until I am too old for having a normal life. I need to at least give it a try at one point to see how it is and will I miss it. As I said, I never really had this before so I need to give it a try and it is the right moment for me and I think it is the right moment for the club because I can’t do the job from next year on anymore as I did it before, and then I am not the right one anymore.

What was the reaction of the club’s ownership when you informed them?

They didn’t smash a party! We developed a really good relationship over the years, but I explained it and they know me now for so long that they know I don’t say these kind of things and leave a little bit of the door open, ‘Come on, try to convince me’ and these kind of things. As I said, we’ve known each for so long and that good. That was clear and they accepted, they just accepted it. Nobody was really happy. The few people I have told so far, who I told so far, were not really happy. I am not happy with it, I just know it’s right. What are the alternative scenarios? What are they? Usually as a manager you get the sack. You have a bad spell before – five, six, seven weeks – and everybody is relieved when you part ways. I’m not sure what’s the other one… you get ill and you have to stop. And unfortunately, or fortunately, I have to do it like that. I don’t like that we have to make that fuss of myself, I don’t consider myself as that important but I know that the outside world sees that slightly different. That’s why we do that. Doing a press conference, doing an official announcement is a rare thing to do in that situation; we just want to make sure that everybody who is with us gets informed in the best possible way. But after this I’m completely in the Norwich game, I’m completely in the Chelsea game, in the Arsenal game, whatever game is coming up. I’m completely in that. There is no need for any farewell parties now, there is a long season to go. I want to be 100 per cent in it, and I am. I am. Nobody has to worry about my mindset. It would be really cool if you just could accept my decision as a difficult one but the right one. That’s it. Because as much as I love everything, I still think it’s the right one – that could show you it is probably the right one.

From your perspective, after the announcement is made, in this building it’s just business as usual?

Yeah, definitely. Business as usual, with a few sad faces for a few days. In a good moment, to change is obviously something that doesn’t happen too often but if it happens there’s still a chance. Nobody knows what the future will bring, but the basis is so good, this team is so good. If you would have asked my younger version 10 years ago to take over this team, I would have run through a brick wall to do that. Unfortunately, I did this job for 24 years and at one time I need to have a look how life is… how life is, actually. Because I don’t know. I just don’t know. And that’s what I need to figure out before it’s too late for me, if you want. I have to try that now. And I know, I don’t know exactly when but I signed a new contract not too long ago, and I was over the moon when I did it and it was exactly what I felt in that moment. The one thing I didn’t know and I underestimated was the fact that my energy source is not endless, because I never had that issue. And when I realised that then I had to tell people. That’s what I owe you all. I tried to describe it already, I had to explain it to Ulla clearly. I tried to explain it with, I’m like a proper sports car – not the best one but a pretty good one, can still drive 160, 170, 180 mph but I’m the only one who sees the tank meter is going down. The outside world doesn’t see that, that’s good, so you go until as long as we have to go, but then you need a break. In this case, you need to go to the petrol station. That’s exactly what I know I have to do, but nobody has to worry until the end of this season, I know that I will be fine until then.

When you signed that last contract in 2022, there was a lot of talk about Ulla and her influence in making that happen. What’s her reaction to this news?

I had to explain it, of course I had to. It was not like, ‘Oh, thank God.’ You must not misunderstand. Not at all. She asked me why and I explained it like I explain it now to you, with a few more maybe private details, but besides that it was pretty similar. And obviously Ulla wants me to do well and be fine, and when she realised that I’m really clear about that – and she knows I don’t take these kind of things lightly – she is happy for me, that I’m happy with the decision. Because that’s the truth. When people tell me now all the different things we do in the moment and what’s going well with the team and stuff like this, I enjoy it like crazy. But I enjoy it as well because I know I will not have to do it forever. I need to find a different purpose as well, I need to have a look for it. If you ask me, ‘Will you ever work as a manager again?’ I would say now no. But I don’t know obviously how that will feel because I never had the situation. What I know definitely – I will never, ever manage a different club in England than Liverpool, 100 per cent. That’s not possible. My love for this club, my respect for the people is too big. I couldn’t. I couldn’t for a second think about it. There’s no chance. This is part of my life, we are part of the family, we feel home here. There’s no chance to do that. But all the rest, will I ever work again? Of course, I know myself, I cannot just sit around. I will find something else maybe to do. But I will not manage a club or a country at least for a year, that’s not possible, I cannot do that and I don’t want to. That’s all. It’s such a strange situation because I have to explain that I don’t have energy anymore, but now I’m sitting here and I have energy and I’m buzzing for everything that’s happening here. But because of the relationship we have, I have to think about this. Because nobody will sack me, I have to make this decision by myself. The responsibility I have for everything here tells me I’m not the right one for the future, so I have to tell. As much as I wish I would be. And that’s what I do here. It’s completely strange. I’m looking forward to the Norwich game, I do, I’m really looking forward to the Norwich game, to play it, a home game. Then we play Chelsea at home. At one point the new stand will be completely full. So many wonderful things happened in the time since I’m here, it’s just amazing and I love all that but I will follow that, I will be part of it, I will support it, but not in the main chair anymore from a specific point on.

Coming back to your love for the city of Liverpool, you said something recently and I think our supporters would quite like to hear what you said. It was about what getting the Freedom of the City meant to you…

It is an honour. We have enough time to talk about everything, there will be after the season, whenever you want me here. I have a contract until the end of June and we can talk about absolutely everything. For me, the situation is [that] today is an announcement day, if you want. We have to say what we have to say. All the rest will come, we will have time for it and these kind of things. That I not only feel home, that I am home here, is 100 per cent clear. That I will love this club forever, will be grateful forever, is 100 per cent clear. That getting the key of the city is one of the most special moments of my whole entire life, that I never expected something like this to happen, makes it even more special because I didn’t even know that you have something like that. When I got it, when I heard the speeches, when I saw the ceremony and all these kinds of things, it was so special, it was incredible. And made me an honorary Liverpudlian or Scouser, however you want to see it. But there are so many things and that’s not the moment to talk about the fantastic time we had, because this wonderful book we wrote together since we are here together, I would love to put a few more chapters into it. That’s what I want. I know there are kids out there when they run at my car after games and want to have signings and autographs and stuff like this – they never experienced a different manager since they are born. Only recently we met Dáire, our friend, I probably have to explain it to him as well, and I will, that’s no problem. I really will try to do all these things. But in this moment, that’s it and from here we go. I told why but people might not believe it. OK, if I have a health issue then everybody says, ‘OK, he’s not healthy’ so that’s normal. All the rest, there will be a lot of discussions around. So, I can tell, the owners tried everything, absolutely everything. There’s no issue, nobody has to discuss that, it’s nothing to do with FSG. I loved so many things about what we did in the past – we built two new stands, we built a new training ground, we had always wonderful football teams. Did it always go exactly my way? I’m not sure, I don’t even remember it anymore because it was all about discussing hard, talking about it; what is possible, what is not possible? And from the moment on when the decisions were made, we had the best possible football team. People will say, if he would have got more backing from the owners then this and that would have happened. Do you really think with one more player – a different player – we would have had a point more than when we reached 97 points? I don’t know how that goes, players are not that influential, scoring in the right moment – it was about 11mm here or 15mm there. That’s life. We had so many good things, if you want to remember them, remember them. I will forever, I will cherish that 100 per cent. But this is the moment where we have to: OK, now everybody knows, now the club can plan, now everything can be sorted, organised and we can keep playing the football we are playing. That’s actually the idea. Because there are, in our situation, not a lot of different scenarios. I could go in the next season and start it with like, ‘Oh my God, again?’ Stuff like this. And that’s not me. My coaching, my managing style is based on energy, I usually have enough to give it to a lot of people. And if that’s not there I am not the same. If I am not the same I cannot do it. And that’s what we all – I – have to accept. And I hope you can accept it as well. And then we go, that’s the plan.

Is that your message to supporters, then?

The message to supporters: I really would like you to accept the decision. That would be nice. And then if I can ask for one more thing, after telling you don’t sing my song too early, after telling you be loud in the stadium, stuff like this, if I could ask you for one more thing it would be: don’t make these games about me, because there’s no need. The only thing I always wanted was the full support for the team, it’s not for me. I know about our relationship, I don’t need any kind of proof. We will have a moment, maybe the last matchday here or somewhere else – I mean in other countries or other competitions. There’s enough time to do these kinds of things. Let’s now really go for it. The outside world want to use this decision, laugh about it, want to disturb us. We are Liverpool, we went through harder things together. And you went through harder things before me. Let’s make a strength of it. That would be really cool. Let’s squeeze everything out of this season and have another thing to smile about when we look back in the future. Thank you.

 
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Jürgen Klopp has explained his reasoning behind his decision to step down as manager of Liverpool at the end of the season – but wants a ‘business as usual’ approach from everyone connected with the club until then.

Having helped the Reds reach the Carabao Cup final at Wembley in midweek, the boss made the announcement that he is to depart his post at the conclusion of 2023-24.

The news comes after eight-and-a-half outstandingly successful years at the helm – and with four trophies still to contest before the campaign is up, Klopp wants everyone to pull together in attempt to write another successful chapter in his team’s story.

Jürgen, we’re here because you have a message for the Liverpool supporters. Would you like to share what that is?

Yes, I have to. I will leave the club at the end of the season. I can understand that that’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or at least try to explain it. I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take. It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again. After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth. That’s it, pretty much.

You offered a lot of detail in that first answer, but I am sure you appreciate how big this news is for our supporters, so we’ll drill down into some of the topics and the reasons behind your decision. I think the first thing fans will want to know is has something happened and are you OK?

I am OK. I am healthy, as much as you can [be] at my age. Little bits and bobs, stuff like that, but nothing anybody has to be concerned about, so that’s absolutely fine. I told the club already in November. I have to explain a little bit that maybe the job I do people see from the outside, I’m on the touchline and in training sessions and stuff like this, but the majority of all the things happen around these kind of things. That means a season starts and you plan pretty much the next season already. When we sat there together talking about potential signings, the next summer camp and can we go wherever, the thought came up, ‘I am not sure I am here then anymore’ and I was surprised myself by that. I obviously start thinking about it. It didn’t start [then], but of course last season was kind of a super-difficult season and there were moments when at other clubs probably the decision would have been, ‘Come on, thank you very much for everything but probably we should split here, or end it here.’ That didn’t happen here, obviously. For me it was super, super, super-important that I can help to bring this team back onto the rails. It was all I was thinking about. When I realised pretty early that happened, it’s a really good team with massive potential and a super age group, super characters and all that, then I could start thinking about myself again and that was the outcome. It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100 per cent right. That’s it.

Is there a reason you’re making this decision now, particularly given the stage of the season we’re at?

In an ideal world I wouldn’t have said anything to anybody until the end of the season, win everything and then say goodbye. That’s not possible. In the world we are living in, it’s not possible to keep things like this secret; it’s maybe a surprise that we could keep it [a secret] until now. There are so many things which are influenced by it, especially personal situations. People from my staff need to know early – and especially the club needs to know early and needs to plan. You cannot plan anything and you cannot really start. You can do a lot of stuff with knowing it but not making it public, but the decisive things, a lot of things, you cannot do. That means the club needs time. Over the years my role was a pretty dominant one. It was not intentional, but it happened. There were a lot of moments where I wished that I didn’t have to do that again [leave a club] – it is the third time I have to do something like that and I really don’t want that. But in the end I have to because one thing I am really convinced of [is] if you have to make a decision like that, it is better you do it slightly early than slightly too late. Too late would have been absolutely the worst thing to happen [if], I don’t know, next season in September I realised, ‘Oh my God, that’s it – I cannot do it anymore’ and then we are in the middle of a season and everything. This club, everything we built in the last years, is a wonderful platform, a wonderful basis for the future and the only thing that could disturb that now is pretty much that you cannot make the right decisions because you are running out of time, and that’s what was very important to me: that I really inform everybody as early as somehow possible.

You said ‘disturbance’ there. Are you at all concerned this news could have a negative impact on the remainder of the season?

I understand the question 100 per cent, [but] that’s up to us, I would say. I had a similar situation at Dortmund. The circumstances are completely different but it is a similar situation, you cannot deny that. It is up to us. After this announcement we will have a press conference and stuff like that. After that, I am 100 per cent in this season. We can go through it, I think in an ideal world we have kind of 30 games coming up or something like that. That is, in other countries, a full season. There are so many things to play for and there might be some ideas from the outside to disturb what we are doing, but it is all about us. The way we grew together in the last few years is absolutely exceptional. Absolutely exceptional. I always said it, and especially now it is still true, nothing has to happen because of me. Nobody has to make the games now about me – please don’t, if I can ask for that it would be really nice – and we just support each other. I am fully here – I don’t think anybody realised any difference in the last few months. If [they did] then maybe a positive change because I have to say when I made the decision, as hard as it is, it was a relief as well. It was like, ‘OK, there is a finishing line’ and not for not being here anymore. If I could stay here in that role I would be over the moon, I just can’t. That’s it. I really want to perform on the highest level and we only get disturbed if we let it happen as a club. I really hope that it will not happen, with the team I am sure that they will be fine. With the crowd I am sure they will be fine, but the world out there is bigger, the social media and all these kind of things, but I think it is worth [it] that we do what we always did. We live in the moment, we push each other as much as we can and we go for absolutely everything. The rest is next season, there is no difference really for that season, to be 100 per cent honest. Everything what happened in the last few years it was always my name but obviously plenty of people are working on everything and they are still working on that and still doing that. My role will change, a lot of other things will stay the same, so the club is in good hands and the future is bright – and even brighter when I don’t have to do it anymore with not exactly the same energy level as before. If you look at my career, this career is actually not possible, I would say, because where I am coming from, ending up as the manager of Liverpool FC is a fairy tale and a very difficult thing to plan. Impossible to plan and difficult to reach, but it is only possible if you are very busy and 100,000 per cent committed to everything you do and you dedicate your whole life to it. That’s what I did. I came here, and I said it on the first day, as a normal guy. I am still a normal guy, I just don’t live a normal life for too long now. I don’t want to wait until I am too old for having a normal life. I need to at least give it a try at one point to see how it is and will I miss it. As I said, I never really had this before so I need to give it a try and it is the right moment for me and I think it is the right moment for the club because I can’t do the job from next year on anymore as I did it before, and then I am not the right one anymore.

What was the reaction of the club’s ownership when you informed them?

They didn’t smash a party! We developed a really good relationship over the years, but I explained it and they know me now for so long that they know I don’t say these kind of things and leave a little bit of the door open, ‘Come on, try to convince me’ and these kind of things. As I said, we’ve known each for so long and that good. That was clear and they accepted, they just accepted it. Nobody was really happy. The few people I have told so far, who I told so far, were not really happy. I am not happy with it, I just know it’s right. What are the alternative scenarios? What are they? Usually as a manager you get the sack. You have a bad spell before – five, six, seven weeks – and everybody is relieved when you part ways. I’m not sure what’s the other one… you get ill and you have to stop. And unfortunately, or fortunately, I have to do it like that. I don’t like that we have to make that fuss of myself, I don’t consider myself as that important but I know that the outside world sees that slightly different. That’s why we do that. Doing a press conference, doing an official announcement is a rare thing to do in that situation; we just want to make sure that everybody who is with us gets informed in the best possible way. But after this I’m completely in the Norwich game, I’m completely in the Chelsea game, in the Arsenal game, whatever game is coming up. I’m completely in that. There is no need for any farewell parties now, there is a long season to go. I want to be 100 per cent in it, and I am. I am. Nobody has to worry about my mindset. It would be really cool if you just could accept my decision as a difficult one but the right one. That’s it. Because as much as I love everything, I still think it’s the right one – that could show you it is probably the right one.

From your perspective, after the announcement is made, in this building it’s just business as usual?

Yeah, definitely. Business as usual, with a few sad faces for a few days. In a good moment, to change is obviously something that doesn’t happen too often but if it happens there’s still a chance. Nobody knows what the future will bring, but the basis is so good, this team is so good. If you would have asked my younger version 10 years ago to take over this team, I would have run through a brick wall to do that. Unfortunately, I did this job for 24 years and at one time I need to have a look how life is… how life is, actually. Because I don’t know. I just don’t know. And that’s what I need to figure out before it’s too late for me, if you want. I have to try that now. And I know, I don’t know exactly when but I signed a new contract not too long ago, and I was over the moon when I did it and it was exactly what I felt in that moment. The one thing I didn’t know and I underestimated was the fact that my energy source is not endless, because I never had that issue. And when I realised that then I had to tell people. That’s what I owe you all. I tried to describe it already, I had to explain it to Ulla clearly. I tried to explain it with, I’m like a proper sports car – not the best one but a pretty good one, can still drive 160, 170, 180 mph but I’m the only one who sees the tank meter is going down. The outside world doesn’t see that, that’s good, so you go until as long as we have to go, but then you need a break. In this case, you need to go to the petrol station. That’s exactly what I know I have to do, but nobody has to worry until the end of this season, I know that I will be fine until then.

When you signed that last contract in 2022, there was a lot of talk about Ulla and her influence in making that happen. What’s her reaction to this news?

I had to explain it, of course I had to. It was not like, ‘Oh, thank God.’ You must not misunderstand. Not at all. She asked me why and I explained it like I explain it now to you, with a few more maybe private details, but besides that it was pretty similar. And obviously Ulla wants me to do well and be fine, and when she realised that I’m really clear about that – and she knows I don’t take these kind of things lightly – she is happy for me, that I’m happy with the decision. Because that’s the truth. When people tell me now all the different things we do in the moment and what’s going well with the team and stuff like this, I enjoy it like crazy. But I enjoy it as well because I know I will not have to do it forever. I need to find a different purpose as well, I need to have a look for it. If you ask me, ‘Will you ever work as a manager again?’ I would say now no. But I don’t know obviously how that will feel because I never had the situation. What I know definitely – I will never, ever manage a different club in England than Liverpool, 100 per cent. That’s not possible. My love for this club, my respect for the people is too big. I couldn’t. I couldn’t for a second think about it. There’s no chance. This is part of my life, we are part of the family, we feel home here. There’s no chance to do that. But all the rest, will I ever work again? Of course, I know myself, I cannot just sit around. I will find something else maybe to do. But I will not manage a club or a country at least for a year, that’s not possible, I cannot do that and I don’t want to. That’s all. It’s such a strange situation because I have to explain that I don’t have energy anymore, but now I’m sitting here and I have energy and I’m buzzing for everything that’s happening here. But because of the relationship we have, I have to think about this. Because nobody will sack me, I have to make this decision by myself. The responsibility I have for everything here tells me I’m not the right one for the future, so I have to tell. As much as I wish I would be. And that’s what I do here. It’s completely strange. I’m looking forward to the Norwich game, I do, I’m really looking forward to the Norwich game, to play it, a home game. Then we play Chelsea at home. At one point the new stand will be completely full. So many wonderful things happened in the time since I’m here, it’s just amazing and I love all that but I will follow that, I will be part of it, I will support it, but not in the main chair anymore from a specific point on.

Coming back to your love for the city of Liverpool, you said something recently and I think our supporters would quite like to hear what you said. It was about what getting the Freedom of the City meant to you…

It is an honour. We have enough time to talk about everything, there will be after the season, whenever you want me here. I have a contract until the end of June and we can talk about absolutely everything. For me, the situation is [that] today is an announcement day, if you want. We have to say what we have to say. All the rest will come, we will have time for it and these kind of things. That I not only feel home, that I am home here, is 100 per cent clear. That I will love this club forever, will be grateful forever, is 100 per cent clear. That getting the key of the city is one of the most special moments of my whole entire life, that I never expected something like this to happen, makes it even more special because I didn’t even know that you have something like that. When I got it, when I heard the speeches, when I saw the ceremony and all these kinds of things, it was so special, it was incredible. And made me an honorary Liverpudlian or Scouser, however you want to see it. But there are so many things and that’s not the moment to talk about the fantastic time we had, because this wonderful book we wrote together since we are here together, I would love to put a few more chapters into it. That’s what I want. I know there are kids out there when they run at my car after games and want to have signings and autographs and stuff like this – they never experienced a different manager since they are born. Only recently we met Dáire, our friend, I probably have to explain it to him as well, and I will, that’s no problem. I really will try to do all these things. But in this moment, that’s it and from here we go. I told why but people might not believe it. OK, if I have a health issue then everybody says, ‘OK, he’s not healthy’ so that’s normal. All the rest, there will be a lot of discussions around. So, I can tell, the owners tried everything, absolutely everything. There’s no issue, nobody has to discuss that, it’s nothing to do with FSG. I loved so many things about what we did in the past – we built two new stands, we built a new training ground, we had always wonderful football teams. Did it always go exactly my way? I’m not sure, I don’t even remember it anymore because it was all about discussing hard, talking about it; what is possible, what is not possible? And from the moment on when the decisions were made, we had the best possible football team. People will say, if he would have got more backing from the owners then this and that would have happened. Do you really think with one more player – a different player – we would have had a point more than when we reached 97 points? I don’t know how that goes, players are not that influential, scoring in the right moment – it was about 11mm here or 15mm there. That’s life. We had so many good things, if you want to remember them, remember them. I will forever, I will cherish that 100 per cent. But this is the moment where we have to: OK, now everybody knows, now the club can plan, now everything can be sorted, organised and we can keep playing the football we are playing. That’s actually the idea. Because there are, in our situation, not a lot of different scenarios. I could go in the next season and start it with like, ‘Oh my God, again?’ Stuff like this. And that’s not me. My coaching, my managing style is based on energy, I usually have enough to give it to a lot of people. And if that’s not there I am not the same. If I am not the same I cannot do it. And that’s what we all – I – have to accept. And I hope you can accept it as well. And then we go, that’s the plan.

Is that your message to supporters, then?

The message to supporters: I really would like you to accept the decision. That would be nice. And then if I can ask for one more thing, after telling you don’t sing my song too early, after telling you be loud in the stadium, stuff like this, if I could ask you for one more thing it would be: don’t make these games about me, because there’s no need. The only thing I always wanted was the full support for the team, it’s not for me. I know about our relationship, I don’t need any kind of proof. We will have a moment, maybe the last matchday here or somewhere else – I mean in other countries or other competitions. There’s enough time to do these kinds of things. Let’s now really go for it. The outside world want to use this decision, laugh about it, want to disturb us. We are Liverpool, we went through harder things together. And you went through harder things before me. Let’s make a strength of it. That would be really cool. Let’s squeeze everything out of this season and have another thing to smile about when we look back in the future. Thank you.

@Amjid Javed about 17 mins into this interview will probably destroy any little tiny hope we had of it happening.
 
Guess the likes of xavi along, de zerbi, Gerrard will be branded around as possible new manager
 
Now that Klopp is leaving Liverpool, here are the Top 5 managers in PL history:

1) Sir Alex Ferguson
2) Pep Guardiola
3) José Mourinho
4) Arsene Wenger
5) Carlo Ancelotti

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Thank you for finally ending the long wait for a league title win. Will be a tough act to follow.

My Mt Rushmore of LFC managers:

1) Paisley
2) Shankly
3) Dalglish (85-91)
4) Klopp
 
They should go for edin terzic

He worked with klopp and also bilic at West ham

The next best option is the ex player xabi alonso

Plz no Gerrard he was torrid at villa and the pressure will be too much.
 
What do LFC fans make of the timing of this announcement, should this have been left to the end of the season or will this do more for motivating the squad to push on

Its only football, its only sport, its only tribalism but its like a family member is about to leave you.

One lady I know a huge LFC fan, started crying when I spoke to her. Another man I heard said he'd rather have his wife leave him instead of Klopp going lol.

Jurgen Klopp is Liverpool in human form, his football style, his passion, his smile and belief is perfect for this club.

Im not going to write a long post atm, as we have a lot of the season remaining.

Liverpool football club wont be the same after Klopp.

However Liverpool football club is bigger than any one player or manger. It will continue to challenge for trophies, as Klopp has turned a poor squad into one of the worlds best.
 
We could lose a few players as well I reckon salah and diaz will be going
 
Klopp opens up on his impending exit.


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says is he "convinced" leaving the club is "right" and has "no regrets" about the decision.

The German announced on Friday he would leave Anfield at the end of the season.

Klopp, 56, said he realised his "resources are not endless" as his side continue to compete for four trophies this campaign.

"With all the responsibility you have in this job, you have to be top of your game," Klopp said.

"I've been doing this 24 years now. When you have the career I had it's almost impossible to start where I did and arrive at Liverpool.

"I always invested everything I had. I realised my resources are not endless and I prefer to pack everything into this season and then have a break or stop or whatever. We're not young rabbits any more and we don't jump as high as we did.

"I still think it's the right thing to do. I don't take these things lightly. I'm convinced it's right. I have no regrets but a lot of special memories."

Klopp said the players did not ask many questions when he told them of his decision but that the "fight" was there for the rest of the season.

"We have a really strong bond with the players so they didn't ask questions yet because we are professionals," he said.

"You can see the boys are in a really good mood. They weren't having a party when I told them but it was just an announcement."




BBC
 
As an ardent Arsenal fan, someone who really wants all other teams/managers to fail, I have to admit I feel a little numb today.

Klopp has been brilliant for Liverpool and for the Premier League and English football in general.

He'll be sorely missed
 
Klopp has been a fantastic manager for Liverpool. Not only did he build a squad that won the PL and CL but his personality deeply resonated with Liverpool and its supporters, it was a perfect match.

Nonetheless, Klopp has underachieved in terms of winning big trophies. He should have won at least one if not two more league titles 2018 onwards. The 2018-19 bottle-job should not have happened.

Surrendering the title after having a 10 point lead in January with that squad was unforgivable. 2018 onwards, Liverpool and Man City were pretty much on par in terms of quality.

If you were to make a combined Liverpool and City XI in the last 6 years, it will be pretty much 50-50, but Klopp has won the league once while Pep won it 4 times.

It should have been 2 and 3 not 1 and 4.

Klopp has managed some of Liverpool’s greatest ever players in the last 6 years and just 1 league title that too in a COVID season in front of empty stands doesn’t do justice to his team and his abilities as a manager.

Nonetheless he will be very difficult to replace but Xabi Alonso would be a perfect fit, although it won’t be easy to convince him to say no to Madrid if they come for him after Ancelotti’s contract expires in two years.
 
Klopp knew last season was not acceptable and was probably expecting to be sacked or leave by mutual consent. Instead he's rebuilt the midfield and left the team being competitive and possibly win 4 trophies. A good manager knows when it's time to go.
 
Three key Liverpool players could be following Jurgen Klopp out of Anfield with their contracts set to expire in 2025.

Klopp made the shock announcement on Friday that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season after nine years in charge.

It has come as a huge hit to Liverpool fans, who adore the German after winning the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his time at the helm.

But he might not be the only one who could be leaving Anfield anytime soon.

Three key stars in Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold will see their contracts expire in 2025.

And it could spell the end for all three, who have turned into superstars under Klopp's guidance.

Salah has already been linked with a departure with the Saudi Pro League desperate to bring him over to the Gulf state.

Van Dijk was signed by Klopp in 2018 for a then-world record fee for a defender at £75million and has been a cornerstone of Liverpool's success.

And Alexander-Arnold has not known any other manager than Klopp at Anfield, his boyhood club after coming up through the academy.

The England international is now regarded as one of the best right-backs in the world after learning so much from the 56-year-old.

Talk Sport

 
Salah and diaz will definetly be going

Diaz is getting decent interest in la liga and Saudi
 
I'm agreeing with Jose enrique , klopp called time early because lack of money from fsg and most likely had enough trying them to release money to get players
 
Klopp has been a fantastic manager for Liverpool. Not only did he build a squad that won the PL and CL but his personality deeply resonated with Liverpool and its supporters, it was a perfect match.

Nonetheless, Klopp has underachieved in terms of winning big trophies. He should have won at least one if not two more league titles 2018 onwards. The 2018-19 bottle-job should not have happened.

Surrendering the title after having a 10 point lead in January with that squad was unforgivable. 2018 onwards, Liverpool and Man City were pretty much on par in terms of quality.

If you were to make a combined Liverpool and City XI in the last 6 years, it will be pretty much 50-50, but Klopp has won the league once while Pep won it 4 times.

It should have been 2 and 3 not 1 and 4.

Klopp has managed some of Liverpool’s greatest ever players in the last 6 years and just 1 league title that too in a COVID season in front of empty stands doesn’t do justice to his team and his abilities as a manager.

Nonetheless he will be very difficult to replace but Xabi Alonso would be a perfect fit, although it won’t be easy to convince him to say no to Madrid if they come for him after Ancelotti’s contract expires in two years.

Sometimes success and failing is measured by the smallest of margins.
Klopps Liverpool Twice finished runners up massing 97 and 95 points respectively.

Any other era that is title winning points massed.

As well as three champions league finals.

For me klopp has been nothing short of outstanding. And for this reason Pep always marked him as his toughest managerial opponent

And if FFP has any findings on City confirmed then tgatveill further enhance Klopps reign .
 

Jurgen Klopp is 'very shrewd' to quit Liverpool, former England manager Glenn Hoddle says​

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has said it's "very shrewd" of Jurgen Klopp "for his health and his family" to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

Hoddle told Sky News that football management "takes its toll" and the German has "earned the right" to quit on his terms.

He was, he said in a statement, "running out of energy," and had realised he couldn't do the job "again and again and again and again".

Hoddle called it "a very shrewd move from him, for his health".

He added: "It takes a lot when things are going well, to say 'I've got to take a step back and do the right thing for my health'... the pressure that he's under, and for him to look inside himself, and think 'I'm running out of energy'... it's a good decision for his health and his family."

In Klopp's time in charge, Liverpool has won the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Super Cup, and the FA Community Shield.

But Hoddle said a bulging trophy cabinet won't have insulated him from the stress of management and the demands on a manager's time.

Hoddle said: "Everything goes through the manager, the decisions that have got to be made, every single decision in the end, [even though] you get a good team around you."

Hoddle, who managed a host of clubs including Tottenham, Chelsea and Southampton in the Premier League, after a glittering playing career, described management as relentless.

He said: "When I look back at my management [career] - and every manager will say the same - you think you're with your family, you think you're with your friends, you think you've switched your mind off, but you never do.

"It's the job where you cannot switch your mind off, it's there every minute of the day, and I think that takes its toll and I think that's what's happened with Jurgen."

He had some positive news for shocked Reds fans, saying he believed Klopp "could go back to Liverpool if he wants to, he's done such a wonderful job there and he'll be fired up ready to go again."

Liverpool, one of England's most successful clubs, has its own special stress, Hoddle added.

"Liverpool is a massive, massive club and it's an emotional club, with... the history."

Source: SKY
 
Klopp has done a really good job at Liverpool and I think everyone at the club would respect his decision with open heart.
 
Pep Guardiola has insisted Jurgen Klopp will be back after the Liverpool boss said he will leave at the end of the season.

Klopp revealed the shock decision that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, leaving plenty of fans dumbstruck.

Klopp and Guardiola are friends and rivals

As his greatest foe in the Premier League, Guardiola has paid tribute to his old friend after some incredible battles over the years.

The Manchester City coach told ITV: "He will not admit it but he will be back.

"This personality, this energy, will be back. Football needs personalities and managers like him.

"I hope we can time to have dinner together."

Jurgen Klopp departure could pave way for key exits with Liverpool contracts expiring

Liverpool fans dig up iconic clip of Bill Shankly's shock exit after Jurgen Klopp decision
Liverpool have won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup under Klopp since his arrival nine years ago.

And they will hope to go out with a bang, as well, with the Reds currently leading the Premier League this season.

There is also the Europa League, which Liverpool are the favourites to win, as well as reaching the Carabao Cup final, where they will face Chelsea.

Guardiola added: "I will sleep better. The days before playing Liverpool were almost a nightmare.

Source: talkSPORT
 
Its only football, its only sport, its only tribalism but its like a family member is about to leave you.

One lady I know a huge LFC fan, started crying when I spoke to her. Another man I heard said he'd rather have his wife leave him instead of Klopp going lol.

Jurgen Klopp is Liverpool in human form, his football style, his passion, his smile and belief is perfect for this club.

Im not going to write a long post atm, as we have a lot of the season remaining.

Liverpool football club wont be the same after Klopp.

However Liverpool football club is bigger than any one player or manger. It will continue to challenge for trophies, as Klopp has turned a poor squad into one of the worlds best.

The best managers leave with a suitable alternative sorted, and I think Klopp has made that part of his job to, I think he will leave you in good hands. Also, it’s worth pointing out under his leadership the club/fan culture improved to and more inclusive for minorities and muslims.
 
Did you really needed him to say it to know that he will never manage another English club?
You really don't know history of football.

Just look at managers who have managed direct rivals or played for direct local rivals and then managed the enemy. Liverpool and Arsenal is not even a heated rivalry.
 
You really don't know history of football.

Just look at managers who have managed direct rivals or played for direct local rivals and then managed the enemy. Liverpool and Arsenal is not even a heated rivalry.
I know the history of football but you clearly don’t know what you are talking about and you clearly don’t know the person that Klopp is.

Klopp is one of the most passionate and loyal managers you will ever come across and he has made it clear on numerous occasions throughout his career that he will never coach a rival team.

Arsenal and Liverpool are not heated rivals but there is some rivalry and history between the two clubs. They are not completely independent like Mainz and BVB.

This is why coaching Bayern was never and will never be a possibility for Klopp either.

I am sorry but I still find it hilarious that you were entertaining the possibility of Klopp coaching another big 6 club in England after the journey that he has had at Liverpool and the relationship that he has built with the supporters.

Klopp will never coach Bayern and he will never coach in the PL again.
 
I know the history of football but you clearly don’t know what you are talking about and you clearly don’t know the person that Klopp is.

Klopp is one of the most passionate and loyal managers you will ever come across and he has made it clear on numerous occasions throughout his career that he will never coach a rival team.

Arsenal and Liverpool are not heated rivals but there is some rivalry and history between the two clubs. They are not completely independent like Mainz and BVB.

This is why coaching Bayern was never and will never be a possibility for Klopp either.

I am sorry but I still find it hilarious that you were entertaining the possibility of Klopp coaching another big 6 club in England after the journey that he has had at Liverpool and the relationship that he has built with the supporters.

Klopp will never coach Bayern and he will never coach in the PL again.

no worries bro. I find 95% of your posts hilarious so its all good. We make each other chuckle
 
Mikel Arteta on whether Liverpool's players will be extra determined because of Jurgen Klopp's decision to leave at the end of the season: "I don't have a clue. Hopefully not. I am not in that position so I only understand how we are in our position.

"Will I miss Klopp? Absolutely. I think he's going to be a big loss. He's been an inspiration and someone who has added a new dimension to the Premier League. I am really attracted by his way of playing, setting up teams, and transforming a club as well. He will be missed but for now he is here."
 
Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim, who is wanted by Liverpool to replace Jurgen Klopp, will discuss his future in the summer.
 
Tottenham are confident manager Ange Postecoglou, 58, will stay at the club despite potential interest from Liverpool as the Reds look to replace Jurgen Klopp this summer
 
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: XABI ALONSO 'COULD BE ONE FOR REAL MADRID' - LIVERPOOL MAY FACE BATTLE FOR BOSS SAYS LESCOTT

Xabi Alonso is one of the most spoken about managers at the moment, especially with a job opportunity arising at the end of this season at his former club Liverpool. The former Spanish midfielder has led his Bayer Leverkusen side to the top of the Bundesliga and drawn admirers from across the game. Joleon Lescott tells TNT Sports how many clubs will be keen to sign him.

Joleon Lescott thinks Real Madrid will be keeping a keen eye on the movements of Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso.
The former Liverpool midfielder has been heavily linked with a return to Anfield after .
However, Lescott has told TNT Sports that there will be tough competition to land the signature of Alonso, who has caught the eye by taking Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga - where they sit five points clear of Bayern Munich.
'Heads rolling' if Bayern don't win Champions League this season, says Ferdinand'Heads rolling' if Bayern don't win Champions League this season, says Ferdinand

Looking at Liverpool’s approach to replacing Klopp, Lescott said: “I think you need to be careful with trying to replace the charisma and personality. "I think they need to look forward and think of a different strategy and Xabi Alonso is definitely that. But I also believe he’s going to have options.

“He could be one for Real Madrid, you never know. There’s going to be a lot of teams trying to acquire Xabi Alonso because he’s done exceptionally well.” Current Real manager Carlo Ancelotti recently signed a new two-year contract with the club.
Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand thinks Alonso could thrive under the pressure of being the manager of Liverpool.

“We’ve seen it at other clubs where it’s difficult [to] follow people who’ve been so successful and revered at the football club," he said. “Xabi Alonso knows the landscape of Liverpool, but also he’s been at massive clubs throughout his career.
“He knows what these clubs need and what the desires and the passion is like behind the scenes."

'Messi-esque' Diaz puts Real in control of last-16 tie with Leipzig - HargreavesRodri 'the most important player for any team in the Premier League', says Ferdinand. Alonso’s first managerial job was with Real Sociedad B, who he won promotion with, only for the club to be relegated the next season.

After leaving his role at the end of that season, Alonso’s next opportunity came at Leverkusen where his profile has sky-rocketed. “He’s playing a really, really attractive brand of football and he’s been successful at the same time,” Ferdinand said. Speaking about how Alonso will be dealing with his name cropping up on the managerial rumour mill, Ferdinand added, “He’s quite a professional guy, it seems.

“He doesn’t want to talk too much about what’s the future. He wants the here and now. Get the job done in Germany, win the Bundesliga and then he can sit and relax and make a decision on a sun-lounger somewhere in the world.”

Source: Eurosport
 
Jurgen Klopp has been named the Barclays Manager of the Month for January
 
Xabi Alonso: Jurgen Klopp praises Bayer Leverkusen boss as a 'standout' manager

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Xabi Alonso is a "standout" of the new generation of football managers.

Alonso has been heavily linked with the job at Anfield since Klopp, 56, announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The 42-year-old's Bayer Leverkusen team are top of the German Bundesliga, five points clear of Bayern Munich who have won the past 11 titles.

"Xabi is doing an incredible job," said Klopp on Friday.

Alonso spent five seasons with Liverpool from 2004 to 2009 and won the Champions League, FA Cup, Super Cup and Community Shield during his time on Merseyside, before successful spells at Real Madrid and Bayern.

The former midfielder took over at Leverkusen in 2022 and they remain unbeaten in all competitions this season - leading the Bundesliga, in the German Cup semi-finals and the last 16 of the Europa League.

Alonso's success in Germany, including their recent 3-0 win over title rivals Bayern, has reportedly made him one of the top managerial targets for clubs across Europe, including Spanish giants Real Madrid.

"How quick his team is that well tuned, for the time it's taken, he's put his proper stamp on it," said Klopp.

"The next generation is already there and I would say Xabi is a standout in that department.

"[He is a] former world-class player, from a coaching family as well, which helps a little, he was like a coach already when he was playing.

"The football he is playing, the teams he sets up, the transfers he did, it is absolutely exceptional.

"If you would have asked me eight weeks ago about Xabi Alonso, I would have gone 'Oh my God!' Always what I said.

"The 'dinosaurs' if you want, [Carlo] Ancelotti, [Jose] Mourinho, [Pep] Guardiola, maybe me, we will not [manage] for the next 20 years - OK, maybe Mourinho will do it - but all the rest will not."

Klopp made the shock announcement in January that he would step down at Liverpool in the summer after nine years, saying he was "running out of energy".

The Reds, who are two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, travel to Brentford at 12:30 GMT on Saturday.

BBC
 
Liverpool have two names in mind to replace Jurgen Klopp this summer though Xabi Alonso remains the favourite, while Manchester United are set to miss out on Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel. Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest are closing in on teenager Adam Berry, and Chelsea are thinking of selling Robert Sanchez and replacing him with Aaron Ramsdale next season.

The Telegraph explains: “Liverpool have identified Ruben Amorim and Julian Nagelsmann as potential alternatives should the club be unable to persuade their chief target, Xabi Alonso, to take the job in the summer.

“Liverpool are in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday against Chelsea with time ticking down on Jurgen Klopp’s era in charge. His decision in November to step down at the end of the season, with two years remaining on his contract, has meant that Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the owners of Liverpool since 2010, are now deep into the research for a new manager.

“Alonso, 42, is the standout candidate with his Bayer Leverkusen team, who lead the Bundesliga, winning again on Friday night and setting a new record in Germany with 33 games unbeaten. Liverpool are by no means assured of persuading Alonso, who has other options including staying at Leverkusen or jumping to Bayern when Thomas Tuchel leaves in the summer.

“Ruben Amorim is contracted for another two seasons after this summer at Sporting of Lisbon, and Liverpool would have to pay compensation. The 39-year-old has Sporting back in the title race this season where they are challenging Benfica at the top having won the title in 2021. He has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest young coaches and has been considered before for jobs in the Premier League. He performs well in data that measures the value added by a manager to a squad in terms of fees and wages spent.

“Nagelsmann, 36, is out of contract with the German football association after this summer’s European championships, although he would only be available following Germany’s elimination.”

Euro Sport

 
Liverpool are discussing holding an end-of-season parade through the city centre after their Carabao Cup victory to allow supporters to provide Jürgen Klopp with a fitting farewell.
 
When England open their Euros tournament this summer, a couple of Liverpool players will be reunited with an old friend.

England kickstart Euro 2024 on June 16 at the Veltins-Arena, the usual home ground of Schalke, where they will face Serbia in the first game of the group stage.

Gareth Southgate's men have been tipped as one of the favourites to go on and win the competition this summer in Germany.

But they must first make it past Serbia, Slovenia and Denmark in Group C - with the top two going through with the third having to potentially progress via play-offs.

One man who looks set to stand in England's way is Marko Grujic, who might be best remembered for his time at Liverpool, though he hardly lit up the place.

The midfielder joined Liverpool in January 2016, becoming Jurgen Klopp's first signing after the German arrived at Anfield in October 2015.

Klopp was desperate to bring in Grujic, too, making it his personal mission to sign him.

While at Red Star Belgrade, several top European teams were interested in Grujic, who was just 19 at the time.

Inter Milan, AC Milan, Chelsea and Juventus were all interested in the Serbian but Liverpool were the frontrunners with Klopp even personally calling Grujic to try get a deal done.

However, there was one man deadset against a move to Merseyside - Grujic's father.

 
JURGEN KLOPP has likened Liverpool youngster Jayden Danns to darts sensation Luke Littler.

Danns, 18, has been thrust into the spotlight due to the injury crisis currently blighting the Merseysiders.

The teenage forward showed his potential by bagging a brace in the Reds' FA Cup fifth-round clash with Southampton on Wednesday night.

And Klopp has likened the promise Danns has shown in his three first-team appearances to Littler - an avid Manchester United fan - reaching the PDC World Darts Championship final at the tender age of 16.

Speaking after the 3-0 win, the German said: "It is [a] little bit like the new darts sensation, it is fine for tonight.

"Tomorrow, leave the boys in the corner.

"Everyone who is with us, we should have our moments, they will have more moments than we expect."

The soon-to-be-departed Klopp has been blown away by the composure Danns has shown during his brief run in the first team.

He said: "[He's an] exceptional talent.

"Of course, it is not natural that a boy 18, is as calm as you like.

"The second goal calm as you like."

Klopp's Carabao Cup-winning youngsters drew praise from their gaffer for their rout of the Championship outfit.

He said: "The first 15 minutes we were all over the place. We tried to press but the timing was horrendous and Southampton used that.

"We found a way into the game and the goal we scored was in a nearly perfect moment, it felt like a momentum change and then an exceptional finish from Lewis.

"We now had the momentum rather than Southampton and won a lot of high balls and scored.

"The play was special, the way we won the balls was special and something like that, as impossible as it seems, can happen.

"Maybe the people (fans) don't forget it when the transfer window opens, don't close the door (on young players) with 12 signings."

The Sun

 
Fair play to klopp he's getting best out of the youngsters, whilst squad is hit by injury.

Other managers would just keep the youngsters on bench in same situation and just run the main players into the ground.
 
Liverpool have identified Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi as a potential replacement for Jürgen Klopp should they fail to appoint their top target, Xabi Alonso.

Klopp is set to depart at the end of the season and Liverpool do not have long to make a decision on their next manager. Alonso has emerged as the leading candidate after his stunning impact at Bayer Leverkusen, who are eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, but he is not certain to take the job.

Rafa Benítez photographed in Vigo.
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Bayern Munich will be in the mix for the former Liverpool midfielder when Thomas Tuchel leaves at the end of the season and another season at Leverkusen has not been ruled out.

Liverpool need alternative plans and have added De Zerbi to a list that also contains Sporting’s Rúben Amorim and the Germany manager, Julian Nagelsmann. De Zerbi, who has impressed since joining Brighton last season, is also believed to be of interest to Manchester United should they sack Erik ten Hag.

Guardian
 
Klopp is squeezing every bit of energy and determination out of his squad right now, fair play to him as they have so many injuries. Sign of a good manager is squad management under pressure
 
Liverpool hope to make more than £10m from a fly-on-the-wall documentary covering Jurgen Klopp's farewell season.

Source: The Sun
 
He does look knackered and mentally drained. After having given so much I can not begrudge him wanting to spend time with his family and travel the world. He leaves us hopefully with four trophies this season, brilliant transfer policy and players coming through from the academy. Perhaps one day he may return for a second tenure as manager if he remains in the game. No journalist asked him about this possibility. Shankly left after laying the foundations then Paisley made us even greater. Hopefully, the success will continue after Jurgen departs as well. If there is one criticism I have then it is the demands of his high pressing game brings us so many injuries.
 
Liverpool have shortlisted Roberto De Zerbi, Julian Nagelsmann and Ruben Amorim as candidates to replace Jurgen Klopp as they close in on the game-changing re-appointment of Michael Edwards, sources have told Football Insider.

Speaking to the new edition of Football Insider’s Inside Track Podcast, senior correspondent Pete O’Rourke revealed the trio are under consideration at Anfield if they can’t convince top-choice Xabi Alonso to join.


Football Insider
 
The blow of losing Jurgen can be softened if Michael Edwards returns in a more senior role as is rumoured. This man is awesome in the transfer market with his amazing deals. With a brilliant Footballing brain he is certain to bring in more gems in a side that is already bursting with talent. Even if he sells Mo Salah will surely replace him with someone equally as good. I feel that Xabi may not be our next manager if Michael has his way moreover reports are suggesting that Xabi wants to stay in Germany for now. Come what may as always I am walking on with hope in my heart:):cool:.
 
Jurgen Klopp says Michael Edwards' return to Liverpool is "top news" but does not affect his own decision to leave at the end of the season.

Edwards, 44, was appointed by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group's chief executive of football on Tuesday.

He previously spent 11 years at Liverpool, including six years as sporting director, before leaving the club in the summer of 2022.

"It is the best club in the world and I am still leaving," Klopp said.

"I just want this club to do as well as possible with the best people in charge and Michael is a top choice."

In the six years with Edwards as sporting director and Klopp as manager, Liverpool won the Champions League and Club World Cup, as well as the Premier League in 2019-20 - the club's first league title for 30 years.


BBC
 
Richard Hughes will hopefully be joining us soon as well. He has a great relationship with Michael Edwards, together they'll be finding the right man to replaces Jurgen. While I hope that will be Xabi, Ruben Amorim will also be good choice too. I don't want De Zerbi at all as he is not a Liverpool manager. Meanwhile, we will be demanding more then £100 million in the summer if Luiz Diaz were to leave. Barcelona and FSG are linked to him although the former most likely can't afford him seeing their financial condition. Could be that some third class Arab club that no one supports makes a bid for him too. The joy off playing in front of 500 people shouldn't appeal to Luis.
 
Defender Conor Bradley says Liverpool want to "win every trophy" possible for departing boss Jurgen Klopp after they thrashed Sparta Prague to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

Already 5-1 ahead after a dominant first-leg showing in the Czech Republic, Darwin Nunez's opener was the first of four goals in seven first-half minutes as the Reds overwhelmed their opponents.

And by full-time the hosts had run up their biggest aggregate win in a European competition for over four decades as they equalled the 11-2 success over Finnish side Oulun Palloseura in the first round of the European Cup in 1980-81.

"He's [Klopp] been the only manager I've known at this club, so for him to be leaving is sad," the Northern Ireland full-back told TNT Sports.

"We just want to win every trophy we can for him and give him the best send-off we can."

Liverpool are also second in the Premier League and face Manchester United in the last eight of the FA Cup on Sunday as they look to add more silverware following their Carabao Cup triumph in February.

Blistering start underpins emphatic win
Dominik Szoboszlai's precise cut-back allowed Uruguay forward Nunez to start the rout, as he registered his ninth goal in 11 games, by guiding a low effort into the bottom right corner.

And some shambolic attempts to play out from the back by the visitors only served to provide further momentum to Liverpool's blistering start.

Teenager Bobby Clark, the son of former Newcastle midfielder Lee, was the first beneficiary, capping a fine first European start with his first senior goal just 68 seconds later, as he rolled the ball past visiting goalkeeper Peter Vindahl.

Mohamed Salah also capitalised to stroke in a third for Klopp's side to bring up his 20th goal of the season and in the process become the first player in the club's history to reach that mark in seven successive campaigns.

"Mo is just delivering and delivering and delivering, his desire doesn't stop, his quality is there and his desire to score doesn't stop," Klopp said.

"He has improved in so many aspects since he started here. That's how it is, he will not stop. In seven years together with him, the one problem we never had was consistency."

Egypt international Salah turned provider with a near-post cross for Cody Gakpo for Liverpool's fourth and while Sparta did briefly stem the tide, with Veljko Birmancevic outpacing Wataru Endo to steer the ball past home goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, the joyous celebrations in the away section were quickly cut short.

Source : BBC
 
Xabi Alonso is unlikely to become Liverpool’s next manager with the Reds not expecting the Spaniard to be available this summer.

The ECHO understands that the Reds are of the belief that Alonso is planning on staying at Leverkusen for at least another season, leaving the club to move onto other candidates.

Alonso emerged as the runaway favourite to succeed Jurgen Klopp in the summer after the German made public his shock decision to leave Anfield at the end of the season after almost nine years in charge.
 
Roberto De Zerbi is not one of the leading candidates to succeed Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager.

The Brighton head coach has been considered by the current Premier League leaders and was on an original list as they began the search to find the next man to fill Jurgen Klopp's shoes.

The Liverpool hierarchy have turned their attention to other candidates and De Zerbi is not their focus.


Sky Sports
 
Liverpool 0-3 Atalanta: Was this Jurgen Klopp's last European night at Anfield?

Liverpool's hopes of giving Jurgen Klopp a dream send-off in the Europa League final in Dublin next month are hanging by a thread.

The Reds boss has announced he is leaving the club at the end of the season and his players were keen to extend the season to 22 May when the final of Europe's second-tier competition takes place.

A shock 3-0 home defeat by Atalanta in the quarter-final first leg means that looks an unlikely scenario as it stands.

Klopp, who has steered Liverpool to three Champions League finals - winning it in 2019 - looked bewildered at the final whistle and applauded fans as he disappeared down the tunnel.

But was this his final European game at Anfield after Liverpool suffered their first home defeat since losing 5-2 to Real Madrid in the Champions League in February 2023, ending their 33-game unbeaten run?

'Players looked really alone in a lot of moments'

Liverpool's performance was littered with bad mistakes and poor marking as they suffered their joint-heaviest defeat at home in major European competition, both previously coming against Real Madrid.

Atalanta, who sit sixth in the Serie A table and are 32 points behind leaders Inter Milan, took full advantage with a ruthless display - and will be strong favourites to progress to the semi-finals when the sides meet for next Thursday's second leg in Italy.

"They were arguably the worst I have ever seen them [under Klopp]," said former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock on BBC Radio 5 Live.

"Liverpool were poor. Wasteful in possession, so many mistakes all over the pitch."

Klopp offered no excuses for what he hopes is a blip rather than anything more worrying, with Liverpool second in the Premier League table, level on 71 points with leaders Arsenal, but behind on goal difference.

"That was a bad performance and that's how it is," the German told TNT Sports.

"A lot of performances tonight were really 'oops, wow, I didn't know they could play like that'. A lot of the players looked really alone in a lot of moments. It was really bad."

'Wheels have come off' for tired Reds

Liverpool have little time to recover from this setback.

The games are coming thick and fast with Crystal Palace, who are 14th in the Premier League table, at Anfield on Sunday (14:00 BST).

Then the Reds are off to Italy to try to salvage their Europa League ambitions, before three successive away Premier League games inside a week against Fulham, Everton and West Ham.

"So many mistakes all over the pitch but Liverpool looked tired," added Warnock.

"They looked like a team that has played 56 games in a season and you could just see tired minds and tired bodies."

Former Reds winger Steve McManaman said the "wheels had come off" against Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta, whose goals came from Gianluca Scamacca's double and Mario Pasalic's late close-range finish.

On Sunday, the Reds dropped two points after being held to a 2-2 draw at Manchester United following a catalogue of missed chances.

Against Atalanta, Liverpool's defending came under fire as the visitors made it look easy at Anfield.

"Liverpool have been amazing this year but tonight, wow, the wheels have come off and all the substitutions haven't made an impact like they have this year," added McManaman.

Can Liverpool turn tie around?

Liverpool, of course, have history of turning around first-leg deficits in European competition and Klopp and his players will still believe they can rescue the situation.

"Can we win it back? Yes," said Klopp. "If we play good it is possible. Can we win 3-0? I have no idea.

Reds captain Virgil van Dijk said it was important not to over-react.

"If you don't believe, there's no point going to Italy," added the Netherlands defender.

"We have made it very hard for ourselves going there 3-0 down. But the way to bounce back is by winning the game on the weekend.

"We need everyone to switch it back on. Then we can focus on putting out at least four goals over there."

Former Liverpool forward Peter Crouch admitted the Reds faced a difficult task in Bergamo.

He said: "If anyone can turn it around it's them, but the third is really difficult for them."

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Jurgen Klopp issues order to Liverpool players after "losing the plot" against Atalanta

Jurgen Klopp told his Liverpool players they had to sleep badly in order to reflect on their poor performance against Atalanta on Thursday night.

Liverpool were beaten 3-0 by the Italian side at Anfield putting their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League in serious jeopardy. Gianluca Scamacca had the freedom of the box to score twice before Mario Pasalic added a late third with a rebound.

The Reds had gone 33 matches unbeaten at Anfield since Real Madrid won 5-2 there back on February 21 last year, but were well off the pace. Klopp made a triple substitution at half-time, introducing Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Dominik Szoboszlai but it made little difference.

They must regroup and prepare for Sunday’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Anfield, but Klopp couldn’t let the match go without criticizing his players. Speaking in his post-match press conference, he called it a “really bad game” and said his team had “lost the plot” on the pitch.

And asked what impact the result will have on the squad, Klopp told TNT Sports: “It has not happened that often. So we have to show a reaction immediately on Sunday, that is much more important. Now, in this moment, it must feel really bad and the boys have to go home, sleep bad – that is how it is – and to recover anyway.

“But then, when we meet tomorrow, we have to prepare for Crystal Palace and we will do that and see who is able to play and who is not, these kinds of things. A lot of performances tonight were really, ‘oops, wow, I didn’t know you could play like that’, but I know this can happen.

“So for that, we need to create a team movement on the pitch. The players looked really alone in a lot of moments so like wow, they had no one to pass it to. I know that the boys can play better football, but they didn’t do it tonight so we have to show a reaction on Sunday. I’m pretty sure we will do that.”

 
European Royalty got humbled in the 2nd tier competition at the Famous Anfield under the lights European night blah blah blah allez allez allez atmosphere.

God forbid Norbat Klopp ends up with only Coca Cola cup in his final season... same as ETH's 1st season
 
European Royalty got humbled in the 2nd tier competition at the Famous Anfield under the lights European night blah blah blah allez allez allez atmosphere.

God forbid Norbat Klopp ends up with only Coca Cola cup in his final season... same as ETH's 1st season
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