Jurgen Klopp has announced his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the 2023-24 season, having already secured his legacy as one of the greatest managers in Premier League history.
Unless he makes a dramatic U-turn, or one day returns to Liverpool later down the line, Klopp looks set to take charge of his final matches in the English game.
The German coach cited “running out of energy” as the key reason for departing Anfield this summer, two years before his current contract with the Reds is due to expire.
Klopp been linked with the German national team job, as well as continental giants like Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but he’s expressed his desire to take a sabbatical of at least a year before he returns to the dugout.
And one thing we can be sure of is that the 56-year-old won’t be back to take charge of any of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals.
“I need to find a different purpose as well, I need to have a look for it. If you ask me, ‘Will you ever work as a manager again?’ I would say now no,” Klopp said in his announcement video.
“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. My love for this club, my respect for the people is too big. I couldn’t. I couldn’t for a second think about it. There’s no chance.
“This is part of my life, we are part of the family, we feel at home here. There’s no chance to do that. But all the rest, will I ever work again? Of course, I know myself, I cannot just sit around. I will find something else maybe to do.”
Klopp famously led Liverpool to the league title in 2019-20, their 19th but first of the Premier League era, while he led the club to 97 and 92-point hauls in 2018-19 and 2021-22, pushing Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City close in two thrilling titles.
Liverpool currently sit top of the Premier League once again and Klopp has stressed how much he wants to go out with a bang.
Since taking over in October 2015, only City have taken more points than Klopp’s Liverpool. They’ve won 199 of 317 games in the English top flight, notching 671 points – an average of 2.11 points per game.
Of managers to take charge of 50 or more games, only Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson have registered a better record. Klopp’s excellent points return betters the averages set by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.
There’s even a chance that Klopp could leave the English game with a better Premier League points-per-game record than Ferguson.
Here’s where Klopp stands in the top 1o.
1. Pep Guardiola – 2.33 points per game
2. Sir Alex Ferguson – 2.16 points per game
3. Jurgen Klopp – 2.11 points per game
4. Roberto Mancini – 2.05 points per game
5. Jose Mourinho – 2.03 points per game
6. Antonio Conte – 2.03 points per game
7. Arsene Wenger – 1.96 points per game
8. Thomas Tuchel – 1.94 points per game
9. Mikel Arteta – 1.88 points per game
10. Unai Emery – 1.86 points per game