Why and when Jürgen Klopp decided to sign new Liverpool contract
Jürgen Klopp revealed a kitchen-table discussion with his wife was the start of the process in deciding to extend his Liverpool reign.
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The Reds boss signed a new contract at the AXA Training Centre on Thursday, ensuring he’ll remain at Anfield beyond 2024, when his previous deal was set to expire.
Continuing to be by the German’s side will be assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, who have also penned new deals with the club.
Explaining the decision to recommit, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com in an exclusive interview: “If, when I said around the last contract extension, that in 2024 that’s it then, it was actually a private agreement and the most important contract in my life I signed is the one with Ulla. That’s where it started again.
“We sat in the kitchen at the table and Ulla said, ‘I can’t see us leaving in 2024.’ And I was like, ‘What?!’ ‘No, really, [with] all the people about.’
“You won’t know Lisa, but she is very important for us, it’s about Danielle, it’s about so many people. That’s the first moment and then, of course, it’s about the club and all the people I don’t know personally but I know as well, so that’s how it all started.
“When that started then I thought, let’s have a think and when I thought about it then it was clear I need to have one more really important conversation and that was the one to Pep Lijnders.
“He is probably the main reason for it because he is a real energiser – you know him, this man is on fire and our connection is beyond football things. When he said, ‘Oh, yes, I am in!’ then it was clear that we are open for any kind of talks. That’s why we sit here now.”