Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will leave the club and its front office at the end of the 2023-24 season.
The shocking news
“I told the club already in November,” said Klopp in an emotional video released by the club.
The announcement came as a shocker since Liverpool is currently the league leader in the Premier League.
“I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people at this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or at least try to explain it.”
Klopp, 56, arrived at Liverpool in 2015 and quickly turned the club around with numerous success.
Liverpool won the Champions League title in 2019 and their first Premier League title in 2020.
Overall, the Reds have won six trophies under Klopp’s management.
“I love absolutely everything about this club,” Klopp said.
“I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything.”
Running out of energy
However, Klopp said he is already “running out of energy,” and his decision is already final.
“I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now.
“I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder and current Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso emerges as the favorite to replace Klopp.