Jurgen Klopp has no interest in negotiating a new contract to extend his stay at Liverpool past 2022, according to The Athletic journalist James Pearce.
The former Liverpool Echo reporter claimed via a live Q&A session via The Athletic’s website on Thursday that although fans should not be too concerned about Klopp’s long-term future at Anfield, he is happy with his current terms that were agreed in July 2016.
“I wouldn’t read too much into his comments, I think he was just reiterating that he doesn’t know what he will do beyond 2022,” said Pearce.
“He’s made it clear he will stay at LFC for at least another three years but that currently he’s not interested in discussing a contract extension.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to be concerned yet – a lot can change in three years!”
Klopp mentioned earlier this week that he could retire at the end of his contract with Liverpool, but based on the fact he will only be 55-years-old when that happens, it seems unlikely.
Managers and clubs never really want to commit themselves to each other for too long on the simple basis that no one can know for sure what is going to happen over the coming years. Although no one will want to admit it, Klopp could start to do a bad job at Anfield or he could do really well, win everything and then feel like he needs a new challenge in either another country or as the German national team manager. No one can say for sure but the Liverpool board, and Klopp, should be taking his future on a season-by-season basis. Contracts don’t mean that much any more until they expire. Clubs can get rid of their manager whenever they want really so the length on Klopp’s deal and the fact that he is not bothered about extending it at the moment should not be read into too much.