Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp’s leaving strategy, a secret contract clause, and three replacements

Jason Cundy
Jason Cundy

Everything you need to know about Jurgen Klopp’s departure from Liverpool and the club’s future moves

Jürgen Klopp has had a highly successful seven years at Liverpool, ending their Premier League hoodoo with the first title in the club’s history since the league’s inception in 1992, as well as winning the Champions League final in 2019. Nevertheless, the wheels fell off this season, and the Reds left all cup competitions in mid-March, despite spending the duration of the season outside of the top four. A dismal season has raised questions about whether Klopp will leave the club, or possibly be terminated, as he has spoken openly about leaving Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp text
Jurgen Klopp text

Klopp’s comments about leaving Liverpool
Klopp has made no secret of the fact that his time at Liverpool will not continue forever, opening out about his plans to leave in recent years. “I have boundless energy. But there is one issue. ‘A little bit’ is not an option for me. “It’s all or nothing for me,” Klopp told Kicker Magazine in 2019. “When I decide that I can’t do it any longer, I’ll take a year off.”

A year later, he indicated that he would return to Mainz in the future and even set a departure date. “After my career, I intend to live. “Most likely to Mainz,” he told SWR Sport, adding that he’d spend “four [more] years in Liverpool.” “before returning to Germany. “The globe can look extremely different in five years.”

Later Klopp backtracked and admitted that he may retire after leaving Liverpool and taking a one-year break. “I’ll take a year off and see if I miss football,” Klopp told SportBuzzer. “If I say no, coach Jurgen Klopp’s career will be over. If I am no longer a coach, there is one thing I will not miss: the people.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Clause of confidentiality
When Klopp’s contract at Anfield was extended in December 2019, Liverpool made sure to include a clause that would allow the German to return to his homeland if he left the club.

Klopp has made no secret of his intention to return to Germany in the future, and the condition allows the club to assist him in making the shift. Clubs are not rare in assisting a departure in terms of obtaining housing or schooling for children, though this is normally reserved for players.

Yet, Liverpool assisting Klopp with his eventual exit demonstrates the two parties’ mutual respect and regard.

Three stand-ins
There were four prospective Klopp replacements, but that number shrank to three when Steven Gerrard agreed to take over at Trabzonspor after meeting with club president Ertugrul Dogan.


After his success at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino would undoubtedly be a viable successor to Klopp. The Argentine has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur as Antonio Conte’s future is uncertain, but the 52-year-old may desire a change of scenery, and Liverpool may be the ideal match.

Thomas Tuchel is another former rival coach who is currently unemployed after being fired by Chelsea in September in favor of Graham Potter. The German, like Klopp, guided Mainz and Borussia Dortmund before coming to the Premier League, and the stars may align once again for him to follow Klopp and appear at Anfield.

If Liverpool hires former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique, they may continue to press, but with a shift toward becoming a possession-based squad. He is currently unemployed, like Tuchel and Pochettino, and would be a free option for Liverpool; despite recent links to Tottenham, they may have a free run at the Spanish.

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