‘I will never coach an English club again’

Klopp at the press conference where he explains his upcoming departure

NOS Football

Jürgen Klopp will not coach another club or country team in the coming year. The German trainer said this at a press conference where he is upcoming departure at Liverpool explained.

Klopp will certainly not return to England out of loyalty to Liverpool, the club he served for nine years. “I will not coach another English club, I can promise that. Not even if I have nothing left to eat.”

Earlier in the day, Liverpool announced that Klopp will leave at the end of the season. The 56-year-old coach signed a contract in April 2022 until the summer of 2026.

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“When I signed that contract, I thought I would serve it, I was 100 percent convinced of that. But I underestimated that my energy level is not infinite. It always has been, but not anymore.”

“With all the responsibilities you have in this job, you always have to be at your best,” Klopp explained. “This club, especially because of the team we have, needs a manager who is at his best. If I can no longer be that, then I have to say so.”

Relieved

Klopp had managed Liverpool since 2015 and led the team to seven trophies, including the Champions League (2019) and the national championship (2020). He led the club back to the national and international top. Liverpool had not become champions for 29 years.

Jürgen Klopp with the Champions League trophy

The announcement of his impending departure did not feel like one of relief for Klopp. “I was already relieved when I made the decision. Today I have mixed feelings, but it’s not as emotional as when it really ends.”

“The important things I had to do was tell the owners, the supporters and the players. The reaction from the players was good.”

Liverpool is currently the leader in the Premier League, with five points more than Manchester City, which still has a game in hand. Moreover, the team is still active in the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League. “There are still a lot of things to do before the end of the season, and I’m going for that. There aren’t many emotions right now. When I told people in the last few days there were some tears, but that’s normal when you’re like this. been together for a long time.”

“It’s the right thing to do at the right time. The club needs time to plan for the future while we work in the present.”

Better leave

Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan finds it difficult to put into words how important Klopp was. “When Jürgen joined in 2015, he talked about wanting to leave the club better than how it started. If you look at where we are now, there is no doubt that we have achieved this.”

“His departure is sad news and I’m sure the fans see it that way too. The first time we talked about it, I could tell he was comfortable with his decision. When a friend and colleague comes to such a decision, you have to respect that.”

Watch here how trainers Peter Bosz (PSV) and Arne Slot (Feyenoord) reacted to Klopp’s departure:

Klopp also discussed his staff, including Dutch assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders, who will also leave. “I will take a break, but the other boys are ready to continue. The impact she has had over the years, especially Pep, is unique.”

“I have to be grateful to him. He gave me so many new visions and helped me develop.” Lijnders wants to work as a head coach himself.

“They will all go for it and I will support and follow them. I will enjoy it because there is a lot to expect from them.”

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