Jurgen Klopp is yet to complete a full season at Liverpool but has already been awarded a new contract, which will see the German stay at Anfield until 2022. The six-year deal will lead to an increase in the outlay on Klopp’s contract, which was initially agreed at £15 million but is now going to be significantly more.
Having taken over the club last season, with Liverpool sitting 10th in the Premier League table, Klopp steered the team to 8th in the league, which could have been higher, if it was not for the involvement in both the League Cup final and Europa League final. The owners were obviously very impressed by the work done by Klopp during his short time, that he and his closest assistants, Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, have had their contracts extended.
So what does this mean for Klopp? Well, the huge commitment the club have made to keep him at Anfield for six years was not lost on him, as he commented “”I am the first to recognise that with this great commitment comes a great responsibility”.
Does the new contract give Klopp more time, to build the team he wants at Liverpool? In the modern game, it’s very rare to see a manager being given two seasons to try and build something, let alone a six-year contract. If Liverpool happen to start poorly next season, will the new contract buy him extra time, he might not have had on his previous deal with the club? Perhaps the owners are expecting a rollercoaster ride again next season, when everything may not go to plan but want to keep Klopp in the job, regardless of pressure from outside influences. With Klopp signing the new deal, there is no way he will leave the club, whatever happens next season.
On a positive note, if Klopp brings Premier League success to Anfield, other clubs in Europe may try and tempt him away with a big offer but having signed a new six-year deal, the money on the table would have to break the record of anything seen before, in terms of buying out a manager’s contract. Therefore, whichever way you look at it, Klopp’s new contract has to be seen as a good sign for Liverpool.
Fans will be absolutely delighted to nail Klopp down for such a long period of time. You have to go back to Rafa Benitez, who was appointed in 2004, to find the last Liverpool manager who has remained at the club for any length of time. During that time, the club won the FA Cup and the Champions League, plus, Premier League finishes were consistently good, including a second, third and fourth.
Jurgen Klopp clearly has intentions of taking Liverpool back to their best and definitely has the ability to do so. However, he understands this will take time and by agreeing this new deal, he now has the time required, to build Liverpool into consistent Premier League title contenders. Prior to the arrival of Klopp, Liverpool fans were left uninspired by what they were seeing on the pitch. Yet, with a squad of players he did not know, Klopp took the club to two cup finals and got both the players and fans believing again.
Just imagine what he will be able to go on and achieve, having been awarded this new contract. It’s exciting times, for both Klopp and Liverpool fans alike.