Jurgen Klopp has made public his desire to take a 1-year break from football once his 2024 contract at Anfield expires.
Few jobs in the world are as taxing as managing a high profile football club. Constant media glare, fan pressure to deliver results and the fact that one loss can take you back from managing the best players in the world to being jobless, takes a toll on even the most brilliant and the fittest individuals. And all that pressure becomes tenfold when you are managing Liverpool and your opponents are greats like Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
And therefore, Jurgen Klopp has decided to take a sabbatical once his rendezvous with Liverpool ends.
The heart of the matter-
The Reds manager still has 4 years left on his current contract at Liverpool and should all go according to plan, he will honor the contract.
Quizzed on his future plans by Sport Buzzer, Klopp said: “I’ll take a year off and ask myself if I miss football. If I say no, then that will be the end of coach Jurgen Klopp.”
By the time his current contract at Anfield ends, he will have completed close to a decade with his current club. In times where all other elite clubs change their managers every few months, it will definitely be a herculean feat.
The 51-year-old has repeatedly stated his desire to take a break from the "very intense" demands of management when his contract expires, reports @MelissaReddy_.
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) June 4, 2019
And, therefore he would have thoroughly earned a break after almost a decade of incessant pressure.
“If one day I am no longer a coach, there is one thing I will not miss: the brutal tension immediately before the game,” he said voicing this opinion.
By the time his current contract expires, he will be 57 and while coaches have taken new responsibilities well into their 60s, it remains to be seen what career trajectory the German chooses.
Current challenges at Liverpool
Klopp has just concluded a historic campaign in which he ended a 30-year agonizing wait of the Reds for the premier league trophy and he would look to pile on more silverware at Anfield before his current contract ends.
“The whole club is hot for the new season, we want to be even better.”
“We want to chase the opponents and the ball over the entire field, continue to be a super unpleasant team that is not fun to play. We’re not defending any titles, we want to get new ones, we’ve only just started winning,” said Klopp expressing his plans for the coming season.
The coming Premier league season would once again be a fight for supremacy between Manchester City and Liverpool, with other members of the big six trying to raise their game to the level of these two competitors.
The legacy of Klopp
Very few coaches, if any, bring to the field the kind of intensity that the German brings and that, combined with his uncanny ability to read a football game like no one else, has made him a darling of the footballing world.
Be his consecutive Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund at the height of Bayern Munich’s powers or his current masterclass at Liverpool, he has always taken the world(and especially Pep Guardiola) by storm.
And given the glint in his eyes and the poise in his manners, he has absolutely no desire of relinquishing his hold.