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Report says Klopp won’t sign new deal with Liverpool; successor already selected

Jurgen Klopp

A report suggests that Jurgen Klopp won’t sign a new contract with Liverpool until his current one expires. However, the report also claims that the Reds already have a replacement lined up.

The German boss just signed a contract extension in April 2022, keeping him at Anfield until June 2026. The Reds’ resurgence this season has suggested he might look to extend his current deal. But one report from BILD journalist Christian Falk explains that it’s too early for Klopp to even consider fresh terms.

Jurgen Klopp wants to manage Germany

Falk further claims that Klopp’s ‘big target’ is to manage the German national team after leaving Liverpool. That is why he doesn’t want to commit himself for a long term, in case that job became available.

While he did reject the opportunity to become the Germany boss in September, with Julian Nagelsmann later appointed, Klopp reportedly won’t rush any future decision. Instead, it is suggested that he will wait for as long as possible until planning his next career move.

“I don’t think Liverpool have pressured him on this,” Falk said. “It was surprising for everyone that Jurgen signed his last contract so early, so I don’t think this will be discussed until he’s closer to the end of his current terms. You see what is happening in Germany with the national team… I think this is a big target for his future, so that’s why he won’t sign a new contract so early.”

Liverpool already have a successor in mind

Liverpool already have a plan in mind on who should take over if Jurgen Klopp decides to leave. Fabrizio Romano argues their priority would be Xabi Alonso, if he is still available at the time. However, considering the impressive job he’s doing at Bayer Leverkusen, a lot of top clubs would want to bring him in.

There’s also a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ in place between Alonso and Leverkusen, should one of Europe’s elite sides approach the Spaniard with a job offer. Though, part of the agreement is that Leverkusen will demand a premium fee to let Alonso leave if still under contract. 

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