The Reds boss has stated
that he is in no rush to discuss fresh terms at Anfield, with Marc
Kosicke suggesting that the German may want warmer climes
Klopp’s agent, Marc Kosicke, has suggested that the success of any
contract extension talks at Anfield may be influenced by the British
The German tactician is closing in on the four-year anniversary of his appointment by the Reds.
Since his arrival in October 2015, the 52-year-old has helped to make Liverpool competitive again in the Premier League while ending the club’s long wait for major silverware with a Champions League triumph.
Many on Merseyside would be happy to see him commit to a contract for life, but Klopp has stated on a regular basis that he is in no rush to discuss his future beyond the end of his current deal.
That is due to expire in 2022, with Kosicke claiming that discussions regarding fresh terms may depend on climate change delivering an improvement to conditions in the North West of England.
He told DAZN and Goal: “Jurgen’s contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend.
“We still have a little time for that. We must wait and see how everything develops and whether climate change will bring better weather to England or only to Germany.
“One should not underestimate [the bad weather]. I remember that in
November or December, Liverpool first asked for a contract extension. I
said: ‘Let’s wait’.
“Ulla [Klopp’s wife] and Jurgen get up in the morning and it’s dark.
When they meet again in the evening, it is also dark or it is grey and
there is drizzle.
“During the winter break in Germany, if the weather is really bad,
the clubs go on vacation for two weeks, then come back and fly directly
to the training camp in the sun for several days.”During this time,
the coaches in England sometimes have to prepare for up to 13 games.
They are already exhausted and it’s not so easy.”
Kosicke added on Klopp’s drive, which may also see him opt to walk
away and take a break: “Jurgen is not just interested in the win next
Saturday. It is also about how the club is perceived and that everyone
has a good working environment. The joy of daily work is the basic
requirement for this.
“He always says: ‘If we are already there, then we must still give
100 per cent’. So I think it’s this mix. Without taking into account the
fact that his work is evaluated publicly every day.
“A CEO of a DAX board does not have that, they are judged by
quarterly figures. The fact that every day something is written about
you, how you work, how you look and he still gets on with things so
well, that’s what attracts the leaders of clubs to him.”
Klopp’s CV also offers obvious appeal to Liverpool and any other suitor, with there a determination on his part to add a Premier League title to his collection of honours after coming so close to toppling Manchester City in 2018-19.
“He is not only proud of the process that is going on, but also very happy that titles are back in the closet,” said Kosicke.
“Therefore, winning the Premier League would still be a goal for
Jurgen. There are these six top teams in the league. Jurgen has recently
said his biggest problem in Liverpool is Manchester City.”