has promised Liverpool fans he will not manage another club in the future after announcing his shock decision to step down at the end of the season.
The German has spent eight-and-a-half trophy-laden years at Anfield and most recently guided his side to the final of this season’s Carabao Cup with a refreshed squad full of new players.
But, on Friday, Klopp made the astonishing announcement that he would citing a lack of energy as the reason behind his decision.
Already there have been suggestions the 56-year-old might take over the reins as Germany manager, but Klopp says he will take at least a year out of management – and perhaps not return at all – and is absolutely adamant he will never coach another Premier League side.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: ‘If you ask me, “Will you ever work as a manager again?” I would say now no.
‘But I don’t know obviously how that will feel because I never had the situation. What I know definitely is I will never, ever manage a different club in England than Liverpool, 100 per cent. That’s not possible.
‘My love for this club, my respect for the people is too big. I couldn’t. I couldn’t for a second think about it. There’s no chance.
‘This is part of my life, we are part of the family, we feel home here. There’s no chance to do that.
‘But all the rest, will I ever work again? Of course, I know myself, I cannot just sit around. I will find something else maybe to do.
‘But I will not manage a club or a country at least for a year, that’s not possible, I cannot do that and I don’t want to. That’s all.
‘It’s such a strange situation because I have to explain that I don’t have energy anymore, but now I’m sitting here and I have energy and I’m buzzing for everything that’s happening here.
‘But because of the relationship we have, I have to think about this. Because nobody will sack me, I have to make this decision by myself. The responsibility I have for everything here tells me I’m not the right one for the future, so I have to tell. As much as wish I would be. And that’s what I do here.
‘It’s completely strange. I’m looking forward to the Norwich game, I do, I’m really looking forward to the Norwich game, to play it, a home game.
‘Then we play Chelsea at home. At one point the new stand will be completely full. So many wonderful things happened in the time since I’m here, it’s just amazing and I love all that but I will follow that, I will be part of it, I will support it, but not in the main chair anymore from a specific point on.’
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