Klopp hints at taking a sabbatical before end of Liverpool contract

0:00

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp has insisted he is raring for the new season to get under way but did not rule out quitting management when his deal expires at the Premier League champions.

The 53-year-old German's contract with the Reds runs until 2024 and he has previously said he might take a break then or even renew his deal.

"I'll take a year off and then ask myself if I miss football," Klopp told German website Sportbuzzer on Monday.

"If I don't then that is the end of that for Juergen Klopp as a coach.

Klopp has been Liverpool manager since 2015, winning the Champions League in 2019 and this year delivering a first top-flight English title for the club in 30 years.

His hunger has not waned and he is excited to return to work after a brief summer break.

The Reds' pre-season campaign got underway on Saturday as they started training at a camp on the outskirts of Salzburg in Austria.

"That's the best part of my job, to be honest; I'm surrounded by people I really, really like," Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

Liverpool finished 18 points clear of Manchester City as they wrapped up the league title with seven games remaining, finishing on 99 points, but will not want to rest on their laurels.

"We are not defending any title, we want to win new ones, we have only just started winning," the former Borussia Dortmund told Sportbuzzer.

"The whole squad is looking forward to the new season (in September) and wants to do even better."

Midfielder James Milner believes they will have to prove themselves all over again as their rivals aim to knock them off their perch.

"I think how good we've been over the last two seasons has been incredible, but if we stay at that same level it won't be good enough," he said.

Liverpool have begun bolstering their squad for the challenges ahead with the signing of Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas and reports that they have agreed a four-year deal to snare midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

Source AAP