Wednesday 26 June 2019

Klopp: I'm no Wenger, I'll move on after seven years

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images

Timothy Abraham

Jurgen Klopp believes he has a seven-year shelf life as Liverpool manager irrespective of any success that might come his way.

On the eve of his side's trip to Arsenal, who have been managed by Arsene Wenger for 21 years, Klopp said he could not envisage being at Liverpool for so long.

"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 it'.

"Stay here 20 years? I don't know. So far, after seven years [at a club], I've felt maybe I should move on. I don't feel I am close to that moment and everything is fine. But it would be quite difficult to become the record coach at Liverpool.

"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."

Wenger last won the Premier League title 13 years ago but Klopp defended his management and believes the Frenchman deserves more respect. "I think Arsene gets a lot of criticism. I've seen it since I've been in England and, for sure, it's not right," Klopp added.

"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 ambitious and as long as you feel that, you can stay. If you are the only part who likes it, that's wrong.

"It needs to be a perfect fit. We feel that here at Liverpool and I'm sure for the next few years, but you cannot force anything to happen. It needs to feel right for everybody."

Daniel Sturridge and Joel Matip are doubtful for tonight's game but Emre Can is available again after sitting out last weekend's 4-0 win at Bournemouth as he served a suspension.

Arsenal are without Olivier Giroud, who forced off in their Carabao Cup win over West Ham with a hamstring injury.

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