Jurgen Klopp has hinted at what could expedite his departure from Liverpool.
The Anfield boss arrived on Merseyside in October 2015, agreeing a three-year deal at the time. Following the 2015/16 season the Reds hierarchy were suitably impressed and handed the German another six-year contract, which will keep him at the club until 2022.
However, the former Borussia Dortmund boss is fully aware of the brevity of most managerial reigns and could not conclusively say how long or how short his stay is likely to be when speaking to Sky Sports.
“Stay here 20 years? Don’t know, don’t know,” Klopp said.
“A few weeks ago I saw a statistic for the longest-serving coaches in the Bundesliga and I’m the record coach of two clubs – Mainz and Dortmund.
“It would be quite difficult to become the record coach at Liverpool. I don’t know. As long as it works really, really well.”
The 50-year-old did, however, select one factor which could put a date on his departure from the club: winning a title with the Reds.
“Even if you win something, which everyone here is desperately waiting for, it could be the moment I say, ‘okay but now we have to leave it’.
“That is the moment nobody thinks of doing it, going out at the top.
“So far I think I have a very good feeling for these moments. In both situations, I think it was the right moment for both sides, for both parties, the clubs and me and my coaching staff. We will see. I don’t feel I am close to that moment and everything is fine.”
Despite the level of admiration the Anfield faithful have for their manager, one would imagine him leaving in the immediate aftermath of a title win would be a small price to pay for success.
Not since 1990 have the Merseysiders been top dogs in England so with an entire generation having yet to see one of England’s most decorated clubs lift the title ‘desperate’ is perhaps the right word for Klopp to use.
For those who lived through the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s in particular, in which time Liverpool won eleven titles, the wait must be excruciating.
For the timebeing Klopp seems to be effecting steady change at the club with another tilt at the title sure to come in the next few seasons. We shall wait and see.
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