Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp openly hints at potential retirement date from football management
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dropped a subtle hint at when he might call it time on a glittering coaching career after his Roy Hodgson comparison.
Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015 from Borussia Dortmund and played an instrumental role in turning around Liverpool’s fortunes in the Premier League.
The 55-year-old German led Liverpool to the Champions League title in the 2018-19 season before capturing the Premier League title in the 2019-20 campaign.
Klopp ended last season with both the League Cup and the FA Cup, but the Liverpool boss fell short of lifting his second Champions League title with the club.
The ex-Dortmund boss, who was previously linked with the Germany national team, ended speculation over his future after inking a new deal with Liverpool in 2022.
Klopp’s two-year contract extension will keep him at Anfield until 2026, with him now being the longest-serving Liverpool manager since the legendary Bob Paisley.
The former Mainz manager opened up on his interaction with former Liverpool manager Hodgson, who left Watford last season.
Klopp insisted that he could not see himself being a manager “beyond 70” and doesn’t see himself sticking in the sport as long as the 75-year-old Hodgson did.
“I know I dream of football, so that’s not cool… the job is incredibly demanding, it is, but it’s great as well,” he told BT Sport’s Michael Calvin’s Football People podcast.
“So that’s why I say when Roy Hodgson came back again, when he came in, I saw him and ask him, ‘Do you have a wet flat? You go again?’ and he says, ‘No, I love it’ so I cannot see myself beyond 70 and still standing on the dugout each week, and especially each weather for training, one and a half, two hours, standing there in the wind.
“I can’t see that. But I understand a little bit where they are coming from and I hope other things are that interesting to me that I am really fine with not being involved anymore.”
He continued: “Last week, I got a question if I am too loyal. I’m not too loyal but questioning loyalty in general is a sign of our time, the time we are living in as well, which I really don’t like too much.
“I never saw anything bad in loyalty, to be honest, to your friends, to your family, to your company, in an ideal world you are loyal, and it’s not a one-way word.”
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