Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted at a potential retirement date from football management in an interview with BT Sport’s Michael Calvin’s Football People podcast on the January 25. The 55-year-old German, has been at the helm of Merseyside club since 2015. He has led the club to Champions League and Premier League titles, as well as the League Cup and FA Cup, during his tenure.
Klopp, who recently signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Anfield until 2026, made the comments during a conversation about former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, who is still active in football management even at the age of 75. Klopp stated that he could not see himself being a manager “beyond 70” and doesn’t see himself sticking in the sport as long as Hodgson has.
While there are basic differences between Klopp’s high energy football and Hodgson’s mid–block system, both the managers command a lot of respect from their fans irrespective of which team they are managing. Klopp’s gegenpress, often too tiring for the players, take a huge toll on the manager as well while Hodgson likes to take a more pragmatic approach.
“I know I dream of football, so that’s not cool… the job is incredibly demanding, it is, but it’s great as well,” Klopp said. “So that’s why I say when Roy Hodgson came back again, when he came in, I saw him and ask him, ‘Do you have a wet flat? You go again?’ and he says, ‘No, I love it’ so I cannot see myself beyond 70 and still standing on the dugout each week, and especially each weather for training, one and a half, two hours, standing there in the wind.”
Klopp’s comments have sparked speculation about when he may decide to step down from his role as Liverpool manager. While it’s unclear exactly when that may be, it’s clear that the German coach is aware of the demanding nature of the job and is thinking about his future in the sport.
The Reds are currently not enjoying the best campaign as they sit 9th in the Premier league, 21 points behind League leaders Arsenal having not won a league game yet this year, the owners FSG- Fenway Sports Group seeking new investors at Liverpool with a full takeover of the club now less likely to happen.
A happy Jurgen Klopp is great to see 😁 pic.twitter.com/2LKVfjnfcf— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) January 17, 2023
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Trouble in Merseyside as both Liverpool and Everton going through ‘tough times‘
Jurgen Klopp’s side have already suffered six defeats in the Premier League, halfway through the season – which is more than they lost during each of their 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2021/22 seasons.
Things do not get much easier for Klopp in the Premier League, who must now prepare his side to face Brighton in the FA Cup 4th round fixture on Sunday before facing Wolves in the league. The month of February is going to be key for the Reds as they face Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Everton sacked their coach Frank Lampard on the 24th of January as they sit at 19th place of the Premier league table and are now looking for a new manager having approached names like Sean Dyche and Marcelo Bielsa.
The Toffees have also reportedly agreed a transfer fee with Newcastle United for their highly rated youngster Anthony Gordon, they are currently at 15 points from 20 games, losing 4 of their last 5 games, and managing to draw just one , a new spark of energy would have to do the trick if the club wants to avoid Relegation.
Newcastle have reached an agreement to sign Anthony Gordon, here we go! Deal in place on £40m fee, Everton accepted the proposal 🚨⚪️⚫️ #NUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 27, 2023
Personal terms also agreed on long term deal.
Gordon will complete medical tests in the next 24/48 hours, as called by @SkySports_Keith. pic.twitter.com/MHcj6Xai0p
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