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Jurgen Klopp to leave Liverpool: When did Klopp inform the club about his decision to step down?

Jurgen Klopp sent shockwaves across the football world by announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season. It is an announcement not many saw coming at this point in the campaign. The Reds are flying high this season by scoring goals for fun and collecting points at will. They are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and are also in the final of the Carabao Cup, where they will face Chelsea. Besides, the club is continuing to shine in the Europa League and FA Cup.

When did Jurgen Klopp inform the club?

This announcement by Jurgen Klopp would have left a lot of supporters shellshocked, making them wonder about the reason behind his decision. The manager himself gave a detailed explanation, saying why he came to this conclusion. “I am OK. I am healthy, as much as you can [be] at my age. Little bits and bobs, stuff like that, but nothing anybody has to be concerned about, so that’s absolutely fine. 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,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.

He added: “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.”

Klopp, who became Liverpool’s manager in October 2015, explained how it was not something that he wanted to do but believed that it was the right decision. “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 realised 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. That’s it,” he explained.

Jurgen Klopp’s message to the supporters

It will not only be Klopp, who will be departing Anfield but he will also be accompanied by assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, and elite development coach Vitor Matos. Klopp also had a message to Liverpool supporters, urging them to provide full support to the team. “The message to supporters: I really would like you to accept the decision. That would be nice. And then if I can ask for one more thing, after telling you don’t sing my song too early, after telling you be loud in the stadium, stuff like this, if I could ask you for one more thing it would be: don’t make these games about me, because there’s no need,” Klopp stated.

He added: “The only thing I always wanted was the full support for the team, it’s not for me. I know about our relationship, I don’t need any kind of proof. 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. 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. Thank you.”

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