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Liverpool ready to give Klopp new contract

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Liverpool are hoping to extend Jurgen Klopp‘s stay at Anfield with a bumper new deal.

Klopp is currently contracted to the club through 2022 at almost $9 million per season, but has been linked to his former rivals Bayern Munich.

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Reds chairman Tom Werner has said he believes Klopp is “committed to Liverpool” and that the club wants him to stay “as long as he likes” following a triumph over Tottenham Hotspur which provided the Anfield set with their sixth UEFA Champions League title.

The 51-year-old Klopp has won 57 percent of his matches in charge of Liverpool, even better than his sterling run at Borussia Dortmund. He led Mainz to Bundesliga promotion before winning two German league crowns and a German Cup.

Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer admitted that he’d like to “one day” see Klopp manage Bayern Munich, who recently won another Bundesliga title and retained manager Niko Kovac.

That’s not happening any time soon, as Klopp attempts to give Liverpool something it hasn’t seen in the Premier League era: A domestic title.

Report: Liverpool rejects $2.5 billion ownership bid

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According to reports in England, Liverpool has rebuffed a $2.5 billion takeover, one that would have potentially been a world record for a soccer club.

The Mirror reporter Andrew Gilpin writes that Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan, part of the Abu Dhabi ruling family and a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour, met with current Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group about the massive takeover, but the deal ultimately broke down.

After the report was released, Liverpool released a statement denying the claims that the potential deal progressed that far. “FSG has been clear and consistent: the club is not for sale,” read the statement. “But what the ownership has said, again clearly and consistently, is that under the right terms and conditions we would consider taking on a minority investor, if such a partnership was to further our commercial interests in specific market places and in line with the continued development and growth of the club and the team.”

There are slightly conflicting reports across the English media with regards to how far the failed deal progressed, but most reports state that at some point FSG chairman Tom Werner met with Sheik Khaled. According to BBC’s Dan Roan, the deal was considered not credible by FSG’s investment bank.

This is not the first time an outside consortium has attempted to purchase Liverpool in recent years. Reports say a group led by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley failed with a $1.9 billion bid last summer, before launching her recent attempts at securing ownership of Newcastle United.

As the statement above confirms, Liverpool has been searching for a minority investor for quite some time, hoping to emulate Manchester City, who took on Chinese investors China Media Capital back in late 2015 in a deal worth approximately $339.5 million.

Liverpool owners reassure fans in message concluding first half of season

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This past May, Liverpool was fighting for the Premier League title in second place, trying to overcome the might of Manchester City.

The Reds narrowly missed this task, two points behind City when the season ended, and the first half of the 2014-15 year hasn’t catapulted off to the start that one would come to expect out of the reigning runner-up.

Yet, their squad makeup was certainly different squad last season, with Luis Suarez was providing manager Brendan Rodgers with great finishing quality at the forward position, and Daniel Sturridge was also dangerous on the pitch to present arguably the most dangerous tandem in England.

“While we did not achieve our ultimate ambition in winning the Premier League, our style of play captured the attention of the world as the club played attacking football, scoring 101 goals,” the statement from American owners John Henry and Tom Werner read. “…There was much to celebrate during our memorable season that ended in May.”

Situated in eighth place fifteen points back from second place, Liverpool doesn’t look ready to spur a winning run large enough to make the league crown a possibility. Because such is the case, Rodgers has felt the pressure as his squad, consisting of new summer transfers Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, has fallen on inconsistent health.

Still, heading into 2015, the owners pointed what they called “positive signs”, which include the nice run of form, unbeaten in six of the past seven games, being exhibited presently.

And of course, the most “positive” aspect of the coming month will be the imminent restoration of Sturridge, out since August due to an accumulation of injuries.

“We look forward to the return of Daniel Sturridge sometime in late January. We are very encouraged by his efforts and determination to resolve his injuries…Great progress has been made that should help him going forward.”