It could be the biggest signing Liverpool make this summer as reports suggest that the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group have begun talking with manager Jurgen Klopp over a new contract.
Klopp signed a three-year deal, with the option for a further season last October but the Americans have taken action to ensure their manager remains at Anfield for the foreseeable future.
The decision to re-examine Klopp’s contract after just nine months on Merseyside was driven firmly by FSG to ward off the threat of any clubs, or countries, coming to poach the German in the future.
Klopp’s current deal, which is is worth £6m a year and ends in June 2018, will be ripped up and replaced by an improved long-term deal.
Though there will be a pay rise, to reflect his work in taking Liverpool to two cup finals, it is the length of the package that will be significant.
FSG have been bowled over by the work Klopp has done but also his determination to work with and develop young players. Their view is that the 49-year-old fits in perfectly with their ethos, he has bought into their vision and they do not want to protect their asset.
Really smart move by FSG to try and tie Klopp down to a new deal. He was hugely impressive in his first season at Liverpool, reaching the FA Cup and Eruopa League finals and bringing a buzz and energy to Anfield that has been missing since the days of Rafa Benitez.