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Jurgen Klopp Signs New Liverpool Contract Until 2024

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2019

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 10: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) head coach Juergen Klopp of FC Liverpool gestures during the UEFA Champions League group E match between RB Salzburg and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on December 10, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp has signed a new contract at Liverpool that will keep him at Anfield until 2024. 

He announced the news via Liverpool's official Twitter account on Friday:

Liverpool FC @LFC

Happy Friday, Reds! 🤩🤩🤩 https://t.co/7qUWOsszb6

Klopp took over at Liverpool in October 2015 following the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

Paul Gorst of the Liverpool Echo and the Mirror's Jim Boardman shared comments from Klopp on his decision to extend his stay with the club:

Paul Gorst @ptgorst

Klopp: "It was not a difficult negotiation I don't think but you have to ask (FSG president) Mike Gordon about that fact. I felt really good during that time."

Jim Boardman @JimBoardman

Klopp: "It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complimentary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024. If I didn’t I would not be re-signing. "This club is in such a good place, I couldn’t contemplate leaving."

Football writer Jack Lusby welcomed the news but was surprised by it:

Jack Lusby @jacklusby_

Club and manager clearly both recognise this is only the start, and winning the Champions League - and the league this season, if all goes well - isn’t a one-off.

In June, he said he was in no rush to put pen to paper on a new deal, while in August he joked he could retire when his previous contract expired in 2022.

BBC Sport's Emma Sanders hailed the new contract, while Fox Sports' Daniel Garb put it in perspective:

Emma Sanders @em_sandy

That is the best deal Liverpool will do for the next four and a half years. It's incredible what Jurgen Klopp has done and continues to do for the club. More exciting things to come I'm sure. Well done all involved! #LFC

Daniel Garb @DanielGarb

Should Klopp see out the entirety of his new contract until 2024 he’ll be Liverpool’s longest serving manager since the great Bob Paisley (‘74-‘83) #LFC

The Reds will be delighted to have secured Klopp's long-term future, given his exceptional work at Anfield.

Liverpool finished eighth in his first season and reached the finals of the League Cup and UEFA Europa League, although they were beaten in both by Manchester City and Sevilla, respectively.

In 2016-17 and 2017-18 the 52-year-old delivered back-to-back fourth-placed finishes, and in the latter campaign they also reached the UEFA Champions League final. 

They were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid on that occasion, but they won the competition last season. After producing a remarkable comeback from a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their semi-final with Barcelona to beat them 4-0 at Anfield, they triumphed over Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final.

Klopp's side also pushed City all the way in the Premier League and racked up 97 points, finishing just one behind the Sky Blues.

This season, Liverpool are eight points clear at the top of the table—and 14 above City—after 16 games, having won 15 of them and drawn the other.