Jurgen Klopp's secret contract clause as Liverpool exit plan confirmed


It's not something Liverpool fans want to think about, and for the time being, at least, it's not going to be a concern.

But Jurgen Klopp has quite openly discussed his future in the press, pointing out that the days of someone like Sir Alex Ferguson managing for 26 years are long gone and that at some point in the future, he will be passing on the baton at Anfield.

The German has made clear when he intends to leave Liverpool, revealed the parts of the job he doesn't like and has even discussed what he plans to do in the future both in football and in life in general.

Here we look at everything Klopp has said about leaving Liverpool, reveal what role a special clause in his contract will play, and look at his most likely replacement.

As aforementioned, Klopp has spoken openly about his plans for the future and got the ball rolling as far back as 2019 when he suggested he was feeling the strain of the job and dropped the first hint that a sabbatical was on the cards.

Speaking to Kicker magazine, the German said: "I have absolute energy. But I have one problem. I can't do 'a little bit'. I can only do 'all or nothing'. When I decide that I cannot do it any longer then I will take a break for a year."

His comments caused no alarm bells to ring, but the sentiment became something of a theme when he was asked to discuss his future from there on. Klopp got bolder with his admissions, telling SWR Sport in July 2020 that he has plans to move back to Germany when he leaves Liverpool.

"Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz," he explained, adding he'd spend "four [more] years in Liverpool," before heading home. Back in Germany, he explained he'd "do nothing for a year," but may consider going back into football management after that. "In five years the world can look very different again," he concluded.

A month later in August Klopp spoke to German publication SportBuzzer, where he doubled down on his previous comments and even suggested he could retire from football entirely.

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