Jurgen Klopp won’t be the manager of Liverpool for the rest of eternity, no matter how desperately the club’s supporters might wish he would/could be at this moment in time. As such, Klopp already has a solid five-year plan (or, 10, but maybe it’s 15) for himself.
The 52-year-old German plans to take a yearlong break from management after he leaves Liverpool. Klopp’s departure date is — and we can’t stress this part enough, Liverpool fans — presently unknown.
The reason is simple, according to Klopp: he doesn’t know how to do anything with less than 100 percent of his mind, body and soul — quotes from Kicker, via the Guardian:
“I have absolute energy. But I have one problem. I can’t do ‘a little bit’. I can only do ‘all or nothing.’ When I decide that I cannot do it any longer, then I will take a break for a year.”
“After that year a decision must then be taken. But chances are very high that my energy level will then be there once more and that I can then do the job the way I want to.”
The only point of reference is that Klopp’s current contract runs through the 2021-22 season, giving him at least two more seasons at Anfield… if he isn’t relieved of his duties between now and then; or, another club comes along with an offer, with a set start date far enough into the future, to which he can’t say no.
Notably, Pep Guardiola was announced as Manchester City’s next manager on Feb. 1, 2016, but didn’t take charge of the club until the start of the 2016-17 season. More fitting of Klopp’s stated timeline, it was announced on June 21, 2018 that Julian Nagelsmann would leave Hoffenhiem at the end of the 2018-19 season, with all-but-official reports stating we had already agreed to take over RB Leipzig ahead of the 2019-20 season. 365 days later, Nagelsmann was introduced as Leipzig’s new boss.
Klopp’s position at Anfield appears quite secure, though, given the Reds are reigning European champions (after reaching the final the season before) and look even more hellbent on winning the Premier League title for the first time in 30 years after falling a point short of Man City last season.