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Jurgen Klopp Says He Could Leave Liverpool After Winning Silverware

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he could decide to call it a day at Anfield as soon as he wins some silverware but insisted he is happy at the club.  The Reds face Arsenal in the Premier League on Friday, and Klopp, 50, hinted it is impossible for any modern manager to emulate Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's longevity—he has been at the north London club for over 21 years.  The German boss added he has felt it was time to move on at his former clubs, Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, after seven years, per Timothy Abraham in The Times: "Even if you win something, which everyone here is desperately waiting for, it could be the moment I say, 'OK, but now we have to leave it.' Stay here 20 years? I don't know. So far, after seven years [at a club], I've felt maybe I should move on. "I don't feel I am close to that moment and everything is fine. But it would be quite difficult to become the record coach at Liverpool. If anyone thinks they can make a career like [Sir] Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger in clubs, I'm not sure it would be possible." Klopp moved into his third year as Liverpool manager back in October.  He guided Liverpool back into the UEFA Champions League this season after a fourth-placed Premier League finish last term, while he also led the Reds to the final of the League Cup and UEFA Europa League in 2015-16, both of which they lost. The trophy drought at Liverpool now stretches back to the 2011-12 League Cup win, and their last title win remains the 1989-90 triumph under manager Kenny Dalglish. Klopp has turned Liverpool into a devastating attacking force with Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino making up one of the most exciting front lines in Europe. However, they still lack the consistency and defensive strength to launch a bid for the Premier League title. They sit fourth in the English top flight, 18 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City and seven back from second-placed Manchester United. The most likely scenario for Liverpool in the league this season is that they will again be in a battle for the final Champions League spot with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur—hence why Friday's clash against the Gunners is so important. Liverpool have qualified well from their Champions League group and could be a surprise package in the latter stages, while the FA Cup is also up for grabs. The Reds' last victory in the world's oldest football competition was in 2006, and it would constitute a decent season in 2017-18 if Klopp led his side to an FA Cup triumph, fourth in the Premier League and perhaps the last eight of the Champions League. But big improvements still need to be made if the charismatic Klopp is to pull off the ultimate feat and return the league title to Anfield.  Read more World Football news on


Published By: Bleacher Report - Friday, 22 December

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