Jurgen Klopp has sensationally announced that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season. A decision that the German manager would have announced to the club as early as November 2023.
Now, through the official website of the British club, Klopp has communicated to the sporting world his decision to leave the historic club that has won 6 UEFA Champions League and currently leads the English Premier League.
But what are the real reasons behind the choice of the 57-year-old German?
"I will leave the club at the end of the season. I understand that this is a shock for many people, but of course I can explain. Or try to. I love every aspect of this club, the city, our fans, the team, the staff. But I have to make this decision, of which I am convinced... How can I say it? I'm running out of energy, I've known for a while that this is the decision I have to make but the time has come to announce it.
I'm fine now, I'm healthy, but I know that I cannot continue to do this job indefinitely. After all the years we have spent together, the time we have spent together, what we have faced, the love and respect for you fans have grown immeasurably and I feel I owe you the truth. And this is the truth," he told in a video message shared on the club's website and social media accounts.
Klopp: "I will leave the club at the end of the season"
"Managing Liverpool is a dream that is impossible to plan and difficult to achieve. But you can only do it if you are very committed and 100,000% dedicated to everything you do and if you dedicate your whole life to what you do. That's what I did. When I got here I said I was a normal person.
I'm still a normal person, but I haven't lived a normal life in too long. And I don't want to wait to do it until I'm too old to have a normal life. I have to at least try sooner or later, to see what life is like, whether I will miss football or not. It's something I've never tried before and the time has come to try, it's the right time.
For me and I think also for the club, because I can no longer do this job like I did before and this no longer makes me the right person to coach Liverpool. I tried to explain to my family what I'm going through with this metaphor: I'm like a sports car, not the best but a great sports car, one that can still go very fast, but I'm the only one who sees that the gas is running out. I told the company this already in November.
I have to explain a little bit that maybe the work I do people see from the outside, I'm on the touchline and during training sessions and things like that, but most of all things happen around this kind of thing. The outside world doesn't see it and that's okay.
You know you have to keep going as long as you can, but at some point you know you have to stop. It's what I know I have to do, but nobody has to worry about it until the end of the season because I know I can get there. For me the main thing was to get the club back on track after last season.
It's the only thing I thought about at the beginning of the year, but I realized very quickly that it had already happened, that this is an excellent team with enormous potential. And at that point I started thinking about myself, about what is right for me. And leaving, even though it's not necessarily what I want to do, is the right thing for me," he told.
Mike Gordon, chairman of the Fenway Sports Group which owns Liverpool, said: "We are not only losing a great coach, but also a person and a leader for whom we have deep respect, gratitude and affection. Respecting Jürgen's wishes, we extend our thanks and tributes to a more appropriate time. We have double work to do now. The first is to ensure that the progress made on the pitch is maintained into the final months of this season. The second is to continue the work behind the scenes to ensure that our club is ready for a future without Jurgen."
In addition to Klopp, the most important members of his staff will leave the club at the end of the season, such as his assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders, assistant Peter Krawietz and development coach Vitor Matos.