Jurgen Klopp was long expected by many to leave Liverpool in two years time when his contract expires in 2024, with fans praying for a contract extension announcement in the near future.
The charismatic German manager is by all accounts a fan-favourite at Anfield, after delivering them their first-ever Premier League title, as well as their sixth Champions League during his time at the club so far.
Therefore, supporters will be worried about the latest hint suggesting that he is rather unsure over whether he’ll remain at Anfield, saying in an interview with ITV: “I don’t know, I really don’t know.”
While that is still not the answer fans would have wanted to hear, it is a clear sign that earlier reports that could have been wide of the mark or interviews that could have been misinterpreted – and that not even Klopp knows when he will exit the club.
Though, should he indeed take his leave and leave Merseyside behind, it would be a gut-wrenching blow, one that leaves the club’s fanbase rather upset and angry. After all, this is a coach who has brought back immense success to Liverpool and sourcing a replacement will be incredibly tricky for FSG.
However, we do know is that the manager intends to take a year out of football when he leaves, and may just quit coaching altogether.
Klopp said back in September: “When the contract in Liverpool ends, whatever it will be, I first have to find out what it is like to lead a ‘normal’ life again. A year off. I’ve never had that. But I’m deeply relaxed there.
“When you’re out for a year, it can also be a good thing that maybe no cock crows at me, which is perfectly fine. There are so many good coaches out there.
“What I do is unbelievable fun; I enjoy it very much. The only problem is that in my job you have no end of the day, no chance to switch off. Do I really have to have that into old age? I don’t know.”
Liverpool are still in with a chance to win the quadruple this season, sitting just six points behind Manchester City in the Premier League, having already won the EFL Cup last weekend, beating Norwich in the FA Cup Fifth Round yesterday and having a two-goal advantage over Inter Milan in their Champions League round of 16 tie.
Winning all of those competitions would be quite the way to leave the Reds behind but it would upset supporters more who lust after his contract renewal. Could the mission be complete and the journey be over for Klopp if he achieves the miraculous feat? Quite possibly yes it seems.