Jurgen Klopp’s has confessed that his wife’s desire to remain in Liverpool was a major factor in his decision to extend his Anfield contract.
The German announced that he had penned a fresh deal that will keep him and his partner, Ulla Sandrock, in Merseyside until 2026. Originally Klopp was due to leave his role with the Reds in 2024 but talks have quickly been held and both parties are happy to remain working together for an extra two years.
Klopp moved to Liverpool in 2015 with Sandrock, whom he married in 2005. The pair met at Oktoberfest in Munich and the Reds boss joked that he was being a “good husband” by honouring his wife’s desire to remain in the north west as he confirmed his news on social media.
He said on Liverpool’s Twitter : “There’s something to announce. Like last time some will like it, some will not like it too much. If you don’t like it, stop watching now. I stay for another two years… and only me. No, all my coaches will as well, which is the most important actually. Why? Is now the question. Because Ulla wants to stay and as a good husband what are you doing when your wife wants to stay? You are staying.”
Klopp went on to add: “The most important contract I signed in my life was the one with Ulla. And that’s why it start again, because actually we sat at the kitchen table and Ulla said ‘I can’t see us leaving in 2024’. I said ‘what?’. That’s how it all started and when that started I thought ‘let’s have a think’.
“When I thought about it it was clear that I needed to have one more really important conversation, that’s the one with Pep Lijnders, because he is probably the main reason for it, and our connection is beyond football things. When he said ‘oh yes, I’m in’ then it was clear that we are open for any kind of talks, and that’s why we’re sitting here now.”
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The German said upon signing his new deal: “There are so many words I could use to describe how I am feeling about this news… delighted, humbled, blessed, privileged and excited would be a start. There is just so much to love about this place. I knew that before I came here, I got to know it even better after I arrived and now I know it more than ever before.
“Like any healthy relationship, it always has to be a two-way street; you have to be right for each other. The feeling we were absolutely right for each other is what brought me here in the first place and it’s why I’ve extended previously.”