Jurgen Klopp has explained why he decided to stand down as Liverpool’s manager at the end of the season, after nine years in charge.
The 56-year-old Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Friday that he has informed Liverpool’s ownership of his decision to stand down in the summer. Klopp took charge of Liverpool in 2015 and won six trophies with the Reds, including the Premier League title and the Champions League trophy.
In an emotional statement, Klopp said it was a hard decision but insisted it was the right moment for him to leave.
“It would be cool if you can accept my decision as a hard one, but the right one,” Klopp said in a video statement released by Liverpool. “I need to find a different purpose and look for it.”
Klopp extended his contract with Liverpool until 2026 two years ago, but explained he is leaving sooner because he is “running out of energy.”
Klopp said: “It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.“
He continued: “I told the club already in November,” he added. “I have to explain a little bit that maybe the job I do people see from the outside, I’m on the touchline and in training sessions and stuff like this, but the majority of all the things happen around these kind of things. That means a season starts and you plan pretty much the next season already.
“When we sat there together talking about potential signings, the next summer camp and can we go wherever, the thought came up, ‘I am not sure I am here then anymore’ and I was surprised myself by that. I obviously start thinking about it.
“It didn’t start [then], but of course last season was kind of a super difficult season and there were moments when at other clubs probably the decision would have been, ‘Come on, thank you very much for everything but probably we should split here, or end it here.’ That didn’t happen here, obviously.
“For me it was super, super, super important that I can help to bring this team back onto the rails. It was all I was thinking about. When I realised pretty early that happened, it’s a really good team with massive potential and a super age group, super characters and all that, then I could start thinking about myself again and that was the outcome. It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100% right.”