German football journalist Raphael Honigstein believes that Liverpool FC will offer Jurgen Klopp a new and improved contract this summer should The Reds bring either the Premier League or Champions League trophies back to Anfield.
Honigstein was interviewed in Abendzeitung Muenchen as part of the German publication’s pre-match content ahead of the meeting between Bayern Munich and Liverpool next week.
FC Bayern are rumoured to be still interested in luring Klopp back to the Bundesliga to take charge at Die Bayern. However, Honigstein stated that Klopp is currently very happy on Merseyside and the club’s owners are very happy with the former Borussia Dortmund boss. Honigstein said:
“Klopp is very happy with Liverpool, and the club is very happy with him.
“I rather think that he will renew his contract beyond 2022.
“If he is to become champion or Champions League winner, he will 99.9% stay longer.
“That does not mean that he will never go to Bayern: Klopp says for logical reasons alone that they are one of the best clubs in the world.
“He is flexible and ambitious enough to think about this opportunity, if there is another opportunity.”
Honigstein also highlighted Klopp’s preference to achieve success from something of an underdog position. By matching or bettering teams like Bayern or Manchester City, who have far greater financial clout in the transfer market, Klopp can attain the almost-impossible dream.
“Bayern and Man City were always financially ahead of Klopp’s teams, and it is an honour for him that he comes on equal terms only with a lot of effort.
“Liverpool does not have City’s almost limitless means, but Klopp can still be master.
“Klopp always had a disadvantage and had to compensate. On one hand, that is very attractive for Klopp, but on the other hand a bit frustrating: Bayern always signed some of his players, and that was gnawing at him.”
Klopp welcomes his old Bundesliga rivals, FC Bayern, to Anfield next Tuesday for what should be an enthralling Champions League encounter.
The Liverpool boss has some injury concerns to add to the headache of missing Virgil van Dijk for the first leg so The Reds will certainly be up against it.
Check out our predicted lineup for the Bayern Munich game here.
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