Tuesday 14 August 2018

Jurgen Klopp on when he will quit as Liverpool boss...he is not planning to build an Anfield dynasty

Jurgen Klopp not expecting to stay at Liverpool for an extended period
Jurgen Klopp not expecting to stay at Liverpool for an extended period
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested he does not expect to build a long dynasty at Anfield and hinted he may be tempted to walk away from the club once he wins some major silverware.

Klopp has spent a little over two years at Liverpool and has yet to get his hands on any silverware, despite guiding the club to two major cup finals and guiding them back into the Champions League.

While Klopp insisted he was enjoying life at Anfield, it is clear that he is not expecting to stay in charge of the club for as long as Premier League legends like Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal boss Wenger has been at the helm of his club for 21 years, but Klopp suggested that kind of longevity may not be healthy for a club or a manager ahead of Liverpool's match against the Gunners at Emirates Stadium on Friday night.

"Stay here 20 years? Don’t know, don’t know," he stated.

"It would be quite difficult to become the record coach at Liverpool. I don’t know. As long as it works really, really well, I will carry on.

"That means as long as there is space for improvement because even if you win something, which everyone here is desperately waiting for, it could be the moment I say, ‘OK, but now we have to leave.’

"If anyone thinks they can make a similar career like Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger in clubs, I’m not sure it would be possible with the media of today.

“I think Arsene gets a lot of criticism. I’ve seen it since I’ve been in England for two years and for sure, it’s not right. But he’s still there and he’s doing a brilliant job again. Top five-six, fighting for fourth and being involved in different cup competitions and things like that.

"He’s obviously still very ambitious and as long as you feel that, you can stay."

Klopp went on to reflect that he may have stayed too long at his former club Borussia Dortmund, as he hinted his impact had waned in his final year in charge.

"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," he added.

“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 (when he left Dortmund), for both parties, the clubs and me.

"After seven years I’ve felt maybe I should move on."

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