Jurgen Klopp confirms retirement


Habeeb Kuranga

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he is already planning for his retirement after claiming he won’t be in the dugout in his 70s.

Klopp, who started his managerial career with Mainz 05 in 2001 has won many laurels in his 22 years – and still counting – in charge of Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool. Notably winning the Bundesliga on two occasions with Borussia Dortmund, ending Liverpool’s 30 years wait for the English Premier League, he also won the UEFA Champions League with the Merseyside club amongst host of other trophies.

Now 55, the German has already indicated he only has at most, 15 years left for him to be a gaffer of any team in the beautiful game.

Speaking on Mike Calvin’s Football People podcast, the Liverpool boss said: “After 22 years now, I know when I cannot change anything anymore and I know that’s the moment I stop thinking about it. I sleep really well, come home, have half an hour, drive home and that’s the last 30 minutes of the day where I really think about the job.

“The job is incredibly demanding, it is, but it’s great as well. That’s why I say when Roy Hodgson came back again to Crystal Palace and I ask him ‘why go out again?’ and he said ‘I love it’.

“I cannot see myself being 70 and being on the dugout in whatever weather and training for one or two hours. I can’t see that but I understand a little bit where they are coming from. I hope then that other things are that interesting to me and I am really fine with not being involved anymore.”

The German tactician signed a contract extension with Liverpool until 2026, and is now under intense pressure with Liverpool as his side is currently languishing in the ninth position on the EPL table, which is very distant from their position last season.

The German was on the verge of creating history in last campaign as his side fell short of winning the quadruple. Though, they won the domestic cups (Carabao Cup and FA Cup), they missed out on the league title by a single point and also lost the UCL final against Real Madrid in the final two games that could change their fortune and subsequently engrave their names in football immortality.


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