A Dynasty Under Klopp
It’s been a long time coming but finally, Liverpool are back to where they belong.
Champions of Europe for the sixth time, it’s been a painful struggle to get back to the pinnacle of football. Since their last cup triumph in the form of the 2011 League Cup, the Reds have came painfully short on many occasions. Those experiences would’ve broken any other team, but not this Liverpool team. And they’ve one person to thank for: Jurgen Klopp.
Not letting the fact that he has lost 6 consecutive finals bother him, Klopp rallied his troops for another go at the European Cup. Those past heartaches were used as motivation, as the Reds battled their way to the final in Madrid. It was perhaps fitting how the final played out, with none of the flair but all the grit. In the end, determination was enough to see the Reds lift that precious trophy into the night sky of Madrid.
Having won the first trophy under Klopp’s watchful eyes, fans are eager for more to follow. And they’ll be delighted to know that their manager will be at the helm for many years to come. That’s because according to the Press Association Sport, FSG are keen to extend his tenure at Anfield beyond 2022, the year his current deal ends.
Having already tied down the core of the squad with long term contracts, they are keen to do the same for the manager. It’s understandable, given the number of top clubs desperately wanting Klopp to be their manager. Juventus had recently sound out the German as a possible successor to the departing Allegri, only for Klopp to squash the rumours by saying it’s ‘bulls***t’. Still, ask Real Madrid, Manchester United, or Bayern Munich if they want Klopp and they would’ve snapped him up in an instant.
By extending his contract, it would fend of interest from rival clubs. Liverpool’s owner’s view him as indispensable part of the team, hence the subject of a contract extension has been broached. Jamie Carragher echoes that sentiment and he sees that as an absolute priority.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the final, he said: “I think he is the number one at the club. He’s the manager of course, but what I mean is he is the most important figure. If you asked me would I rather lose Van Dijk or the manager, I’d say Van Dijk. I think he is a special manager.
He further adds: “I don’t know what his contract situation is but give him a new one and hopefully now, he can push on. He’s got that monkey off his back with that first big trophy, first time he’s won the Champions League after so many finals without a win. Hopefully for him and that set of players, it’s not just a one-off. He’s always done seven years at his clubs so in 2022, it might be seven years. Let’s try and make it 17!”
While 17 years might’ve been said in jest, it captures the thoughts of many Liverpool fans. Many are worried that he’ll depart after 7 years, the length of his current contract and coincidentally his spells at Mainz and Dortmund. Which is perhaps why FSG are reportedly looking to extend his current contract, as well as increasing his salary from £7 million to £10 million.
Not that money matters to the gaffer. His decision to stay will likely depend on the board’s backing, which he has in abundance. And having professed his gratitude to the board for their patience and trust in him, the signs point to him agreeing an extension in the near future.
Right now, the bond between the charismatic German and the football club seems unbreakable. Coupled with the love from the fans, Klopp has all the reasons to stay, and none to leave. His status as a Liverpool legend is indisputable and if he does stay for the next decade, he has the chance to emulate the likes of Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly.