The news that Jurgen Klopp is extending his Anfield stay is the announcement all Liverpool fans have been hoping to hear.
The German’s answers about his future in recent months seemed to indicate he was ready to give his career at the club in 2024 when his contract was due to expire, but the 54-year-old now has the decided to extend his tenure at Reds for another two years until 2026.
Klopp explained why he chose to remain on Merseyside after his expected departure date, explaining that his wife, Ulla, played an influential role. Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com about how this point was reached, he said: “When I said around the last contract extension that it was in 2024, it was actually a private deal and the most important contract of my life that I signed is the one with Ulla, that’s where it started again.
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“We were sitting in the kitchen at the table and Ulla said, ‘I don’t see us leaving in 2024.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ ‘No really, [with] all the people around.’ You won’t know Lisa, but she’s very important to us, it’s about Danielle, it’s about so many people. That’s the first moment and then of course it’s about the club and all the people I don’t know personally, but who I also know, so that’s how it all started.”
And this isn’t the first time Liverpool have thanked Klopp’s partner. The Reds boss, who wanted to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013, is said to have turned down the opportunity after being advised by Ulla about the vacant position.
That’s according to Reds legend Phil Thompson, who previously told Norwegian TV 2: “I interviewed Klopp for Sky and I asked if he and Liverpool were made for each other. He looked at me and asked ‘why?’
“Then Klopp told me he could have taken over Manchester United, but his wife said it was not good. When Liverpool arrived, his wife said it was good. There is something strange there. It is like he was made for Liverpool. “
Since moving to Merseyside in 2015, it seems that Ulla has fully embraced the city and become a fan of the club. Previously seen standing atop a rubbish bin during Liverpool’s parade following the 2019 Champions League win in Madrid, she now seems eager to follow the side from home, having seen away games from Manchester United and Manchester this season. City had attended.