Jurgen Klopp has explained his shocking decision to leave Liverpool this summer after nearly nine years at Anfield.
The German, 56, made the announcement Friday morning.
Klopp, who took over from Brendan Rodgers, in October 2015, has won every club trophy possible during his time at Liverpool.
Klopp opened his trophy spree at Anfield in 2019 with the club’s sixth Champions League triumph in Madrid. A year later he won the club’s first league title in 30 years, before FA Cup and League Cup success in 2022.
“It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy,” he said in a 25-minute interview on the club website.
“I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.”
Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the season
“After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth. That’s it, pretty much.”
Klopp added that he told the owners in November of his decision and added he is keen to keep matters “business as usual” as Liverpool target another title success this year. Liverpool are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Elaborating on his first answer, Klopp said: “I am OK. I am healthy, as much as you can [be] at my age. Little bits and bobs, stuff like that, but nothing anybody has to be concerned about, so that’s absolutely fine.
“I told the club already in November. I have to explain a little bit that maybe the job I do people see from the outside, I’m on the touchline and in training sessions and stuff like this, but the majority of all the things happen around these kind of things.
“That means a season starts and you plan pretty much the next season already. When we sat there together talking about potential signings, the next summer camp and can we go wherever, the thought came up, ‘I am not sure I am here then anymore’ and I was surprised myself by that.
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