According to Tim Sherwood, Liverpool may decide to break company with Jurgen Klopp at the end of the current campaign because things have become stale under the German.
Although Jurgen Klopp has reached the milestone of seven years in charge of Liverpool, there are still questions about his long-term future with the team despite signing a new contract through 2026.
With seven years and 16 days having elapsed since he was chosen to succeed Brendan Rodgers in October 2015, Klopp is the Premier League’s longest-tenured manager.
In the whole Football League, only three managers have held their current roles longer. Klopp’s longevity is a result of his ongoing success on Merseyside.
The 2018–19 Champions League and 2019–20 Premier League championships represent the pinnacles of the 55-year-old’s trophy-filled career with the Reds, where he has won every trophy available to him.
However, Liverpool hasn’t fared well in the league thus far this year. With just four victories from their first 11 games, they are currently in eighth position.
Sherwood, a former manager of Tottenham and Aston Villa, thinks that despite Klopp’s signing a new deal earlier this year that lasts until 2026, things may be coming to a natural end for him and Liverpool.
The Kelly and Wrighty Show featured him saying, “The difficulty Liverpool have is that this team is used to fighting for trophies.
It’s over for them this year; they won’t win the Premier League, so where are the players’ motivation and drive?
The team will assert that they are unable to exit the Champions League, but it can be upsetting for players when they have competed for crowns only to have them suddenly snatched away.
I believe it’s quite challenging for them. Jurgen Klopp won’t be there next year, in my opinion. In my opinion, there should be a conversation.
Really, I don’t think Jurgen takes them up where they are and makes them rivals once more. According to history, he doesn’t do that. He excels and motivates teams to victory.
But now, competing to make the top four will be difficult. If they don’t make the top four, they must completely rebuild.
In my opinion, they won’t fire him, but there will be a discussion in which everyone involved acknowledges that Jurgen has done all he can for the team and moves on to a new task. I just have a feeling that way when I observe him and the squad.”
Speaking in April, after inking his new contract, Klopp seemed certain that his association with the team might last far longer than Sherwood anticipated.
Like in any successful relationship, he explained, “your compatibility with each other must be a two-way street. The reason I originally came here and the reason I’ve extended before is because I felt we were totally right for each other.
Because of how long we’ve been together, this one is unique. Do I really need to remain longer in Liverpool? I had to ask myself.
My two assistant managers, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, and I determined that the answer was yes. We still have a youthful vibe as a club, which energizes me.”