Jurgen Klopp has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Liverpool, which would keep him at the club until 2026.
Klopp, 54, joined the Reds in 2015, but said in March that he would stick to his plan to retire from the game when his contract expired in 2024.
However, at a time when the squad is seeking a quadruple, the club has signed Klopp and his staff to lengthier contracts.
He expressed his gratitude by saying he was “delighted, humbled, fortunate, privileged, and enthusiastic.”
“When the owners offered me the chance to renew,” Klopp said, “I asked myself the question I’d pondered openly.” Do I have the enthusiasm and vibe to provide what this wonderful location needs from the person in the manager’s office once more?
Klopp’s comment references to a cover of The Beatles’ I Feel Fine that Liverpool supporters have been shouting in his support in recent weeks.
Pep Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, Klopp’s deputy managers, have both signed new contracts, a move Klopp described as “huge” in order to “maintain the continuity of our project together.”
He also stated that his wife Ulla had a significant role in his choice, adding: “Ulla was the most important contract I’d ever signed.
“‘I can’t see us leaving in 2024,’ she murmured as we sat at the kitchen table. That’s where it all began.
“There is so much to admire about this location. I knew that before I came here, then when I arrived, I got to know it even better, and now I know it better than before.
“It must always be a two-way path, just like any healthy relationship; you must be right for one other. It was the feeling that we were made for one other that brought me here in the first place, and it’s why I’ve previously extended.
“As a club, we still have a youthfulness about us, which energizes me.” Our owners have been extremely passionate and excited about this club for as long as I’ve been here, and it’s evident that this applies to our future as much as I’ve ever known right now.
“We’re a team that’s always heading in the correct path.” We have a clear notion of what we want and how we plan to get it. Starting from there is usually a good idea.”
Since joining Liverpool, Klopp has led the team to five titles.
The Reds, who won the Carabao Cup earlier this season, are still in contention for the Premier League crown and the Champions League, and will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 14.
In the history of English football, no club has ever won all four trophies in the same season.
When he joined Liverpool, the former Borussia Dortmund manager pledged to transform “doubters into believers,” despite the fact that the team had not won an English title since 1990 and had gone three years without a trophy of any type.
In 2018-19, he led them to their sixth European Cup victory, but his crowning triumph came in 2020, when he broke Liverpool’s 30-year drought for a 19th league championship.
Liverpool’s success may be attributed to Klopp’s switch to a high-pressing approach. In 2018-19, they finished second in the Premier League to Manchester City with 97 points, before achieving 99 a year later to win the title.
The president of Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, Mike Gordon, said: “Jurgen Klinsmann is the ideal leader for Liverpool FC today.
“This is particularly true of his values, both on and off the field. It also relates to him as a leader and a person.
“We are gifted with the most precious resource an organization could dream for: wonderful people, thanks to our extraordinary playing group, superb coaches, world-class football operations team, and brilliant club staff.”