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Jurgen Klopp to step down as Liverpool manager at end of season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is to step down from the role at the end of the season, saying he is "running out of energy".

Klopp was appointed in October 2015 and his contract was due to run until 2026.

He won the Champions League in 2019 before leading Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years in 2019-20.

"I told the club already in November," said 56-year-old Klopp, who has announced his decision with his side top of the Premier League.

"I can understand that it's a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it - or at least try to explain it.

"I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.

"It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. 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's key stats

Klopp's record at Liverpool
GamesWinsDrawsLostGoals forGoals againstWin %
  • Klopp's win percentage of 60.7% across all competitions is the highest of any Liverpool manager with 50-plus games in charge of the club
  • Since Klopp joined, Liverpool's Premier League points total of 671 is second only to Manchester City's 716. Tottenham are third on 583
  • Klopp shares the joint longest winning run in the Premier League - with Guardiola's City - with 18 consecutive victories between October 2019 and February 2020
  • He has the second longest unbeaten Premier League run of 44 games between January 2019 and February 2020, second to Arsene Wenger's Arsenal between May 2003 and October 2004
Premier LeagueGames (100+)WinsDrawsLossesPts/Game
Pep Guardiola28621038382.33
Alex Ferguson8105281681142.16
Jürgen Klopp31719974442.11
Roberto Mancini1338227242.05
Antonio Conte1328319302.03
Jose Mourinho36321784622.02
Arsene Wenger8284761991531.96
Mikel Arteta1558826411.87

'I will never, ever manage a different club in England'

Klopp is the only Liverpool manager to win the league title, European Cup/Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup with the Reds.

He guided Liverpool to their sixth European Cup in 2019 when they beat Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid.

They followed that up in 2019-20 with victory in the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup and, most significantly, lifted the Premier League title.

Liverpool won a domestic cup double in the 2021-22 season, and narrowly missed out on a quadruple as they were pipped by Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season and lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in Paris.

Klopp has won six major trophies with Liverpool, including the Premier League and Champions League

The Reds failed to win any major silverware last season but are in contention for four trophies this term. They beat Fulham on Wednesday to reach the Carabao Cup final.

"It didn't start [then], but of course last season was kind of a super-difficult season and there were moments when at other clubs probably the decision would have been, 'Come on, thank you very much for everything but probably we should split here, or end it here.' That didn't happen here, obviously," added Klopp.

"For me it was super, super, super important that I can help to bring this team back on to the rails. It was all I was thinking about.

"When I realised pretty early that happened, it's a really good team with massive potential and a super age group, super characters and all that, then I could start thinking about myself again and that was the outcome. It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100%."

Liverpool assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, as well as elite development coach Vitor Matos, will leave the club along with Klopp.

Sporting director Jorg Schmadtke will leave at the end of the January transfer window, having been appointed in June.

As well as being top of the Premier League and in the EFL Cup final, Liverpool host Norwich City in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday and are through to the last 16 of the Europa League.

"Let's squeeze everything out of this season and have another thing to smile about when we look back in the future," said Klopp.

"If you ask me, 'Will you ever work as a manager again?' I would say now, no," added Klopp.

"But I don't know obviously how that will feel because I never had the situation.

"What I know definitely - I will never, ever manage a different club in England than Liverpool, 100%. That's not possible."

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