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Liverpool - Premier League: Klopp signs new contract

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has committed his future to the club by signing a new extended contract which runs until the summer of 2026.

Original article published 28 April 2022

The German's previous deal at Anfield had been due to expire in two years' time, but he has now extended his stay, with the new contract set to take him beyond a decade in charge of the club.

The news will be music to the ears of Liverpool supporters, Klopp obviously keen to carry on the good work as he told the official club website: "We have a clear idea of what we want, we have a clear idea of how we try to achieve it."

The making of Klopp

There was a buzz of excitement when Klopp arrived at Anfield to succeed Brendan Rodgers as the club's new manager in October 2015, as he had already carved out a successful coaching career in his native Germany with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

With Dortmund Klopp won two Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal and in 2013 reached the Champions League final, where his side were only narrowly edged out by Bayern Munich in the Wembley showpiece.

Klopp and Liverpool certainly appeared a good fit and, after stabilising the club and reaching two cup finals during his first season in charge, the 54-year-old was then able to secure a return of Champions League football to Anfield for only the second time in seven years.

That first season back at Europe's top table saw Liverpool go all the way to the final, where they only found a Gareth Bale-inspired Real Madrid too strong.

By this stage Klopp was developing a reputation for bottling it in major finals, but 12 months later he put those perceptions to bed as he took Liverpool back to the Champions League final where they beat Tottenham to claim their sixth European crown.

Klopp's stock could hardly rise any further after that, but he became nothing short of a club legend when the following year he ended the Reds' 30-year wait for a league title, as they were crowned Premier League champions for the first time.

Reds aiming to make history

The success Klopp has already enjoyed at Liverpool has been remarkable, but he could be set to take those achievements to new levels by leading the club to an unprecedented quadruple this season.

The Reds have already wrapped up the EFL Cup, beating Chelsea in the final back in February, while they will face the same opponents in next month's FA Cup showpiece - a trophy they are priced at 4/7 to win.

A seventh Champions League/European Cup crown is also on the cards at odds of 10/11, as Liverpool already have one foot in the final of that competition after beating Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of their semi-final tie earlier this week.

Those cup successes could go alongside a second Premier League title in three years, as the Reds have won 12 of their last 13 top-flight matches to move within a point of leaders Man City, and they can be backed at 15/8 to overhaul the Citizens and end the campaign as champions.

If Klopp and Liverpool were to pull off the quadruple then it would surely have to rank as the most successful season in the club's history.

There have of course been some notable campaigns throughout the club's illustrious existence, the treble of European Cup, First Division and EFL Cup successes from 1984 springs to mind, as does the five-trophy haul of 2001, but surely these achievements would surpass even the efforts of both those great teams.

Where does Klopp rank as Reds great?

Klopp has already achieved so much as Liverpool boss, lifting five major trophies during his time on Merseyside, with the prospect of several more to come this season.

There is certainly no doubting Klopp's standing as a club great, as his 62.47 per cent win ratio is the best of any Liverpool manager, with the German having won 233 of his 373 matches in charge.

When it comes to trophies won, Klopp still has a way to go to become Liverpool's most decorated manager, with Bob Paisley having won 20 titles during his time at Anfield, including six league successes and three European Cups.

Bill Shankly preceded Paisley and laid the groundwork for his successor, winning three league titles, two FA Cups and the club's first European title with the UEFA Cup triumph of 1973.

Those two club legends may take some surpassing as Liverpool's greatest ever manager, but Klopp could do just that over the next four years.

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Salah and Mane to follow suit?

Now Liverpool have tied down Klopp to a new deal, the focus will switch back to the futures of several key players, most notably Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, whose current contracts are set to expire at the end of next season.

Both players will be 30 by the time the new season gets under way, but there is no doubting their qualities, given they have scored a combined 50 goals across all competitions this season.

Salah has recently claimed he wants to remain at Anfield and money is not a stumbling block when it comes to signing a new contract, with perhaps the length of the deal proving the issue.

Discussions over a new deal for Mane have been less notable, with Liverpool's patience being vindicated by the success of the likes of Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota this season.

The third member of the forward line that led Liverpool to the Premier League title two years ago - Roberto Firmino - is also out of contract in just over a year's time, but unlike with Salah and Mane, it appears the club are in less of a rush to offer him fresh terms.

There is no doubt that Klopp will face something of a rebuild over the next four years, with many of his senior players aged around 30 and above, but if he can pull it off then his standing as one of the greatest managers of his era will be assured.

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