Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up about his future revealing he wants to take a one year break from football once he leaves the club.
Klopp signed a three-year deal with Liverpool in 2015, before committing to a longer six-year deal in 2016. The contract which is due to run until 2022 does not have an exit clause and the 50-year-old has said he intends to see out his contract before taking a year-long break.
“I can’t rule out that I will call it a day way before other coaches usually stop,” Klopp said.
“I feel that it’s super intense, and I am not planning to die on the bench.
“I will definitely take a year off after Liverpool. That’s a clear agreement I have with my family. And from today’s point of view, I can’t rule out that I then say: ‘Well, that was a lot of fun…'”
The former Borussia Dortmund manager who was briefly linked with Bayern Munich said the prospect of returning to manage his old club didn’t appeal to him, however he did leave the door open for other roles.
“I really don’t want to return because the time I had was good,” he said.
“I had a world-class time at Mainz and Dortmund. And it looks like I’ll return there one day, but it does not have to be as a coach.”
In the meantime, after the shock defeat to West Brom on Sunday confirmed the dream of number 19 was over for another year, the Dutchman has started planning Liverpool’s challenge on Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
Liverpool have after all won three out of four games with Pep Guardiola’s men, dumping them out of the Champions League in the process and he has made three major tweaks to ensure his side are equipped to rise to the challenge next term.