Liverpool fans have several people to thank for Jurgen Klopp’s decision to extend his future at Anfield, including the German’s wife Ulla and assistant boss Pep Lijnders.
According to The Athletic’s latest report on the matter, however, there were a handful of other factors beyond the pair’s influence in their decision-making, including the impact of COVID-19, details of his house building in Germany and the support of the club after the death of his mother.
“The couple had planned to return to Germany in 2024, but the house that Klopp and his wife are building there will not be finished by then,” he added. Simon Hughes and David Ornstein wrote for The Athletic.
“COVID-19 also made Klopp rethink. The pandemic made him feel like he missed 18 months of his career, given the obstacles he faced on the pitch.
“The world he grew up in during this time also made him think about what life might be like after Liverpool, perhaps in semi-retirement – and without the regular contact with the sport he loves and the close relationships what it brings.
“Last summer he took almost eight weeks off because of the European Championship and that gave him time to do a lot of things he wanted to do, including family visits and travel.
“It brought a period of reflection where he was able to get an idea of the 2020/21 season, a season that almost fell apart amid the trying personal circumstances of his mother’s death in Germany.
“The club he served, he concluded, had let him breathe but key figures had also been there to give him a huge boost when he needed it.
“In conclusion, he felt the people at Liverpool cared about him and maybe he hadn’t reciprocated their kindness because he had been so depressed by his performance as a manager.”
The 54-year-old’s new terms will keep him by his side until the summer of 2026, much to the delight of fans on social media and beyond.
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It should be noted that many supporters are more than aware of how circumstances have worked against us in our previous campaign, with an injury crisis devastating our squad.
Blaming Klopp for such bad fortune would be incredibly bad form on our part, especially after the former Mainz boss helped stage a tremendous end-of-season run that resulted in a Premier League third-place finish and the continuation of Champions League football in the red half of Merseyside.
Frankly, one couldn’t imagine life without Jurgen at the helm of a club he seemed destined to lead.
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