Liverpool's owners looking to tie manager Jürgen Klopp down to new long-term contract

Although he has been at the club just nine months, Liverpool American owners Fenway Sports Group are keen to sign Jürgen Klopp to a new long-term contract on Merseyside after opening talks with the German's representatives over extending his current deal.

Liverpool's owners looking to tie manager Jürgen Klopp down to new long-term contract
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Liverpool's American owners are keen to reaffirm their belief in Jürgen Klopp after opening contract talks with the manager.

Fenway Sports Group only appointed the German to replace the sacked Brendan Rodgers in October last year, a mere nine months ago, but Klopp's impression since then has convinced the club's Boston-based owners to look to renew his deal.

The Reds boss' existing contract runs until 2018, with an option for a further 12 month extension included in that deal, but FSG want to tie him down for the long-term future.

With Klopp open to renewing his terms, a conclusion could be reached with his representatives in the coming weeks. 

FSG president Mike Gordon, who helps with the day-to-day running of the club, has already started discussions with the manager's party - including his agent Marc Kosicke - and they have begun positively.

Those at the top end of the club believe that keeping Klopp on Merseyside for the long-term would allow them, and more importantly, the manager himself, to focus on building towards a successful future.

Klopp is just a few days into Liverpool's pre-season programme ahead of the 2016-17 season. (Picture: Getty Images)
Klopp is just a few days into Liverpool's pre-season programme ahead of the 2016-17 season. (Picture: Getty Images)

The likely deal is thought to add at least a couple further years on to his current stay at the club, with negotiations expected to centre over the length of the deal rather than any potential financial benefits.

That's because Klopp is already one of the highest-paid managers in English football, earning around £5 million a year.

Any extension would also see Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, crucial members of Klopp's backroom staff as his two assistant coaches, rewarded with extended deals.

Promising first season enough for FSG to plump for public vote of confidence in Klopp

The impact the 49-year-old has had on the club since arriving last season cannot be understated. Galvanising the fanbase, and the squad, helping them to reach two cup finals last season, proved his managerial qualities.

Liverpool's run to Europa League final stoked the Anfield fires and brought back a much-needed feel-good factor around the club, which FSG think Klopp can do on a more permanent basis over the coming seasons.

Although their Premier League season was a little more disappointing, ending the campaign in eighth and six points off of fourth-place, much is expected of Klopp beyond this summer.

Able to recruit players and build a squad in his image, Klopp has already welcomed four new signings into the club this summer ahead of a busy pre-season schedule in which he will utilise triple training sessions to fully implement his methods and ideas.

In addition, a revamped backroom staff has seen him tempt Andreas Kornmayer, the Reds' new head of fitness and conditioning, and nutrionist Mona Nemmer, both from Bayern Munich as he builds both on and off-the-pitch. 

Klopp's long-term success at his previous clubs, Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, where he spent seven years each, in addition to his first nine months on Merseyside have sufficiently convinced FSG that he can restore them to the top of English football again.

The club's owners, and the manager, have developed a strong relationship with Klopp's willing alignment to their transfer policy crucial to that. 

Klopp, as he did at Mainz and Dortmund, has regularly repeated his belief that he does not need large sums of money to improve his squad in each transfer window, instead adopting the idea that they can nurture young players into a collective unit to make the club competitive again.

Central to those plans are the likes of Emre CanDivock Origi and Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool look to sculpt a squad that will grow together rather than recruiting ready-made stars.

Much has been made of the progression of players like Emre Can under Klopp's tutelage. (Picture: Getty Images)
Much has been made of the progression of players like Emre Can under Klopp's tutelage. (Picture: Getty Images)

Though the reaction to such an approach is well documented by the supporters, Klopp and FSG both believe it to be the right strategy for the next few years.

Klopp the man to restore Liverpool to former glories?

No manager has survived as many as seven years on L4 since Bob Paisley's silverware-laden reign in the 1970s and 80s, delivering twenty trophies in nine seasons including three European Cups.

But FSG's faith in Klopp suggests they believe he can become the first manager to stay as long as Paisley - a decision which will resonate well with the club's supporters, given the manager's massive popularity.

One of the most highly sought-after coaches in world football, the club are keen to ensure they do not lose such an elite coach in Klopp as they target a period of longevity and stability.

Klopp's new contract would represent a huge positive for the club, given their relatively modest summer transfer window until now.

Despite spending £30 million on forward Sadio Mane, as well as £4.7 million for Loris Karius and welcoming January additions Joel Matip (free transfer) and Marko Grujic (£4.7 million), the Reds are yet to recruit further with their business dismissed as low-key by many supporters.

Klopp still hopes to bring in a number of targets, with deals still potentially on the table for young left-back Ben Chilwell and midfielders Piotr Zielinski and Mahmoud Dahoud, although negotiations currently appear to have stalled.

But with only a few extra additions expected, Klopp still has confidence in the ability of the current squad at his disposal - the same which fell at the final hurdle in two cup finals last season - to help restore the club to the coveted Champions League from next term.

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