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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will remain at the club’s helm next season despite growing speculation regarding the German’s future on Merseyside, according to his agent.
Klopp’s place at Anfield came under increased scrutiny following a torrid patch of form earlier this season, during which the Reds lost six straight Premier League games at Anfield for the first time.
Liverpool’s role in the ill-received plans for a European Super League—of which Klopp has long been a staunch critic—came to light not long after.
The club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, left the manager to field questions on the controversial competition before they had addressed matters themselves, leaving Klopp in an awkward position with fans.
However, agent Mark Kosicke has allayed fears of a possible exit. The Liverpool Echo provided a translation of his short reply when asked by Sky Deutschland whether his client will still be at the club next season: “Absolutely! No discussion.”
Klopp previously said in 2019 that he hoped a rumoured European Super League “will never happen,” insisting he liked the current model of the Champions League and Europa League.
Liverpool were one of six Premier League outfits lined up to found the breakaway competition, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham also agreeing to join.
Klopp, 53, signed a contract extension in December 2019 that will keep him at the club until the end of 2023/24 campaign.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss took Liverpool to their sixth European Cup in 2019, followed by ending the club’s 30-year wait for an English top-flight title in 2020.
Injuries to key players have hampered the club’s chances of a successful title defence this season. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have accumulated just 21 league starts between them, robbing the Reds of their three primary options at centre-back.
The Merseysiders occupy seventh place in the Premier League but boast a game in hand over Spurs, two points ahead in sixth.
Klopp’s side have recorded a sole win in their last five games across all competitions, which included a Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Real Madrid.
Liverpool have regained some momentum, however, and are unbeaten in five Premier League outings as they prepare to host Southampton on Saturday.
Securing Champions League qualification would help rebuild Klopp’s reputation after a difficult few months. With that in mind, the tactician will take heart in the fact four of Liverpool’s remaining five opponents are currently among the bottom eight in the Premier League.
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