IT’S A JOKE; AM NOT LEAVING LIVERPOOL, SAYS JURGEN KLOPP
Liverpool fans may after all take a breather. According to Daily Mail, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his friend was joking when he said the English weather could affect contract negotiations.
The German is currently contracted until 2022 and has gone on record to say he will honour the full length of his contract – as he did at former clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
But the Liverpool boss, who won the club’s sixth European Cup last season after defeating Spurs 2-0 in Madrid, was said to have reservations about extending his current deal due to the weather conditions in England.
Klopp insisted in his press-conference before Liverpool’s clash with Napoli that this was not the case.
He said: ‘He [Klopp’s friend] wanted to make a joke so ill have to be serious I think. It was German humour and no-one got it.
‘The weather was not a reason for me in taking a job. You could sing a song don’t move to Liverpool in October, it was cold and dark.
‘I’ve spoken about the weather before and the wind in football but that’s not allowed in England.
‘He’s not even my agent he’s my friend, friends can say what they want. He did that and nobody got his joke.
Marc Kosicke, Klopp’s friend, explained to Spox that the weather is a factor in the manager’s consideration.
‘Jurgen’s contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend,’ Kosicke said.
‘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.’
While in Germany, Klopp would escape the dark mornings and evenings by jetting off on holiday during the annual two-week winter break.
However, the quick-fire nature of the Premier League’s fixture schedule means the German hasn’t been able to enjoy such luxuries, although the first winter break of its kind is coming to England this season.
‘One should not underestimate it (bad weather annoying Klopp), anyway. 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.’
Liverpool’s top brass will be keen to tie Klopp down to a longer deal, with the boss taking the club on an upward trajectory since taking over at Anfield in October 2015.
The Reds sit at the top of the Premier League table after the opening five games of the campaign.