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Every word from emotional Jürgen Klopp message as Liverpool manager announces exit

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Liverpool has today confirmed boss Jürgen Klopp will leave the club at the end of the season as his eight incredible years at Anfield come to an end.

Jürgen Klopp has announced he will leave his role as Liverpool manager at the end of the season, in an emotional message to the club’s supporters. Having told the board of his intentions in November, Klopp announced his departure on Friday ahead of the FA Cup clash with Norwich.

Klopp took over in 2015 and has enjoyed eight incredible seasons at Anfield, winning the Premier League, Champions League and almost every other trophy up for grabs. He will now set his sights on ending his tenure with more silverware this season.

The news undoubtedly comes as a shock to Liverpool supporters, with Klopp having been expected to see out his contract until the summer of 2026. But the search will now begin to find his successor, with Liverpool confirming assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz will also depart.

“I will leave the club at the end of the season,” he said. “I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it  or at least try to explain it.

“I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.

“It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.

“After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth — and that is the truth.”

On his decision to leave and why it has now been announced now, the German explained: “I told the club already in November. I have to explain a little bit that maybe the job I do people see from the outside, I’m on the touchline and in training sessions and stuff like this, but the majority of all the things happen around these kind of things. That means a season starts and you plan pretty much the next season already.

“When we sat there together talking about potential signings, the next summer camp and can we go wherever, the thought came up, ‘I am not sure I am here then anymore’ and I was surprised myself by that. I obviously start thinking about it.

“It didn’t start [then], but of course last season was kind of a super-difficult season and there were moments when at other clubs probably the decision would have been, ‘Come on, thank you very much for everything but probably we should split here, or end it here.’ That didn’t happen here, obviously.

“For me it was super, super, super-important that I can help to bring this team back onto the rails. It was all I was thinking about. When I realized pretty early that happened, it’s a really good team with massive potential and a super age group, super characters and all that, then I could start thinking about myself again and that was the outcome. It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100 per cent right.”

Liverpool will now look to extend its run in the FA Cup this weekend after securing a place in the Carabao Cup final in midweek. The Reds still also sit pretty at the top of the Premier League, five points clear of three teams.

“We will have a moment, maybe the last matchday here or somewhere else — I mean in other countries or other competitions. There’s enough time to do these kinds of things. Let’s now really go for it. The outside world want to use this decision, laugh about it, want to disturb us,” Klopp added.

“We are Liverpool, we went through harder things together. And you went through harder things before me. Let’s make a strength of it. That would be really cool. Let’s squeeze everything out of this season and have another thing to smile about when we look back in the future.”

Liverpool.com says: Klopp has truly transformed Liverpool on and off the pitch and he will undoubtedly remembered alongside the club’s greatest managers of all time. Focus will now be on ending the season with more silverware and the Premier League title could be the ultimate farewell.

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