Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has, on Friday evening, confirmed precisely when he intends to call time on his stint with the club.
And the news will no doubt come as a hammer blow to those of a Reds persuasion hopeful of seeing their beloved boss stick around for the long-term.
Klopp’s comments come on the back of the latest press conference held by the German earlier today, in anticipation of Liverpool’s Premier League showdown with West Ham United on Saturday evening.
An altogether noteworthy round of embargoed quotes, however, have since only come to the fore late on Friday night.
And, as part of his latest exchange with the media, Klopp confirmed that his ‘plan at the moment’ is to depart Anfield in the summer of 2024, upon the conclusion of his current contract:
“I love what I do, but I’ve told you a couple of times there must be something else out there in the world to be honest, apart from always thinking about, yes, properly skilled, good looking, fantastically nice players. But I really don’t think about it.
“At the moment I am full of energy but we have to – I have to – make sure that is the case because I don’t want to sit around and be more tired and think: ‘wow, why is everyone bothered about the things out there because I couldn’t care less?’
“When I talk about the plan I mean for the future of the club.
“My future will be OK. I don’t have to plan. I could book last minute – let’s put it like this. It is not a problem.
“No, the plan is the future of the club and what we are constantly working on, that everything is in place and the things we do here, they are not for me, not for us, not for this generation – they are for a long, long time [in the future].”
“It will be fine whenever it will be after I leave. The plan at the moment is to do that in 2024. Thank you very much.”
.@LFC manager Jurgen Klopp was asked what factors would persuade him to stay beyond 2024: “If I have the energy levels for it. It is is important.” However, he signed off with “The plan is at the moment to do 2024 – ‘thank you very much’.” pic.twitter.com/gqPWU498IC
— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) March 4, 2022
Check out Klopp’s quotes in full here.
Friday’s admission on the part of Liverpool’s boss of course comes fresh on the back of Klopp bagging the 5th piece of silverware of his stint on Merseyside this past weekend.
A penalty shootout triumph over Chelsea saw the German add a first Carabao Cup title to his resume, following on from glory in all of the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Jurgen Klopp getting involved in the dancing celebrations 🤣 pic.twitter.com/NMznt2sLnn
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 27, 2022
Next on the agenda amid Klopp’s efforts to hunt down Manchester City at the Premier League’s summit, meanwhile, comes a meeting with West Ham at Anfield on Saturday evening.