Jurgen Klopp’s new Liverpool deal answers key Mohamed Salah contract question – Andy Dunn

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has signed a contract to stay at Anfield until 2016 and his decision to do so answers an important question about the future of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and others

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has previously expressed his desire for Mohamed Salah to stay at Anfield
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has previously expressed his desire for Mohamed Salah to stay at Anfield

Beyond the blatantly obvious – the fact that one of the most talismanic, charismatic and brilliant managers in the English club game has ever seen has committed himself to Anfield until 2026 – there are many reasons why Liverpool fans should be ecstatic.

Would Jurgen Klopp have extended his deal had they not been told that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and probably Roberto Firmino were going to sign new contracts themselves? No.

Would Klopp have extended his deal had he not been assured would he be given the size of the transfer kitty that would enable him to continue to take the fight to the financial giant that is Manchester City? No.

Would Klopp have extended his deal had they not considered the current crop of academy kids good enough to produce more gems in the mold of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott? No. Would Klopp have extended his deal had they not been mightily impressed with Fenway Sports Group’s grand plans for the club, including the stadium development? No.

Make no mistake, this is a big deal for everyone concerned. For the club, for the players, for the supporters and, especially, for Klopp himself. Over the last couple of years, speaking publicly or privately to Klopp on the subject, it has always been clear that he considers his time on British shores to be finite. The pull of his homeland is strong, naturally. The majority of his friends and family are in his native Germany.

Stellar professional achievement in any walk of life has to be balanced with quality of life, of physical and mental well-being. He has always made that clear. He has also made it clear that the fame, attention and living life permanently in the glare of the public and media spotlight takes its toll. Klopp, 54, likes a quiet pint as much as the next man or woman. He likes a spot of privacy as much as the next man or woman.

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has a contract at Anfield until 2023 and has been in prolonged talks with the club over a new deal
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And he brings so much intensity and passion to his professional duties that he could not envisage doing it non-stop for decades. Don’t forget, the highs of football can be as psychologically draining as the lows, odd as that sounds. But while you wouldn’t necessarily know it from his antics in the technical area, perhaps Klopp has found a balance. Perhaps he is not only re-energized by this remarkable season, perhaps he is more at ease.

He is now a giant of the game and he probably knows it. And by the way, it should not be forgotten that Klopp likes a few quid as much as the next man or woman. Whatever the exact remuneration, it will be suitably grand. But this is not only about the money. Klopp has always railed against the idea of ​​creating a Sir Alex Ferguson-style dynasty down the motorway from Manchester.

Maybe his mind has been slowly changed. Maybe this epic campaign has prompted him to think again. It has obviously prompted him to sign until 2026 – which will mean he will have been at the club for 11 years – but maybe he is even thinking of beyond then. Maybe, just maybe, he’s thinking about Fergie-time. And for Liverpool Football Club, that would be worth celebrating more than any quadruple.

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