Klopp’s reign at Liverpool looked increasingly likely to reach an end in the summer of 2024, but Thursday saw the German extend his stay at Anfield for an additional two years.
Eddie Howe’s inform Newcastle side will welcome Liverpool to St James’ Park on Saturday lunchtime in a game that could prove to be a tough test for the Reds as they continue to chase down Manchester City to the Premier League title.
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Regarding his decision to stay at Anfield, Klopp expressed his love for the club and the city as he explained why he felt it was right to extend his reign as Liverpool boss.
He said: “For me – Liverpool at this moment in time, the place to be. This club offers a lot – we are building a new stand, it’s a sign that we never stop trying to develop. We have a team in the best age group. We never stop developing.
“We are in a very positive mood as a family. And also with the coaches as well – it is a great decision for us. We really love being here and we want the club to be as successful for as long as possible, if not forever.
“It makes sense from both sides, and it makes sense to do it now. It’s good for transfer windows as well. We can’t guarantee success, but we can guarantee stability.”
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Klopp addressed the situation briefly in this morning’s press conference.
He stated: “That’s more of a question for the boys, to be honest. But it’s all fine, I really think they are both great. I have a great relationship with both boys.”
Klopp was full of praise for Saturday’s opponents and recognises the job Eddie Howe has done to guide Newcastle to a position where they’re eyeing up a top ten finish.
He said: “They are on an incredible run. Eddie has played a massive part.
“They signed one of our analysts (Mark Leyland) which for sure played a big part. Mark if you see this… we play completely different now!”
He added: “They have brought good players in, really smart. They have stability. It will be a difficult one. It’s similar to a few years ago when Origi scored the winner. The whole stadium was on fire.
“It will be tough tomorrow.”
Klopp said: “Kostas and Curtis had a couple of issues. Kostas is back but Curtis is not back yet. Bobby will not be ready for tomorrow either. He hasn’t trained yet. But that’s it.”