Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has offered his congratulations to Jurgen Klopp for his remarkable achievements at Liverpool after the surprising announcement of Klopp’s departure from Anfield at the end of the season.
Jurgen Klopp revealed on Friday that he will be stepping down as the manager of the Reds in the summer, prompting tributes to pour in for the legendary boss. Ten Hag, the manager of rival club Manchester United, was among those extending his admiration for Klopp’s contributions.
When asked about Klopp’s departure at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Newport County, the Dutchman shared his sentiments.
“It’s no good for the Premier League,” Ten Hag declared. “So he has made an era there, he built the club, he brought the club back where they belong, so congratulations on that. He has done an amazing job in Liverpool.
“I can understand [he ran out of energy]. Nine years is a long time. I think it’s a period of building up, achieving targets but also I think setbacks and going into difficult periods.
“The Premier League is very intense, the combination with European club football, when you’re there nine years it’s a long period and I can understand he is running out of energy and that is one of his arguments to step down.”
Ten Hag encountered Klopp for the first time during his second-to-last season at the helm of Ajax, with Liverpool securing 1-0 victories in both home and away fixtures in the 2020/21 group stage.
When he joined Manchester United in the summer of 2022, Ten Hag commented on the notion that “eras come to an end,” referencing the dominance of Manchester City and Klopp’s Liverpool in recent years. In the three meetings with Liverpool since taking charge of United, Ten Hag has recorded one victory, one draw, and one loss.