Jamie Carragher has described Jurgen Klopp’s decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season as a ‘body blow’. The German boss revealed on Friday that he is ‘running out of energy’ in the Anfield dugout and intends on parting ways with the club when the campaign concludes.
Speaking with the Liverpool media, a heartbroken Klopp explained: “I will leave the club at the end of the season. 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.
“That I still take this decision it shows you that I’m convinced it’s one I have to take. It is that I am how can I say this? I’m running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I think I know it already for longer that I will have to announce that at one point. But, I’m absolutely fine now. But I also know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.”
The shock announcement has sent shockwaves through the club, with those connected to the Anfield outfit speaking out and praising the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss for his work in guiding the club to numerous sensational achievements.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher was among one of the first to speak out, writing on X, formerly known as Twitter: “This news was always going to be a body blow to the club whenever it came. I just thought it would be another few years away. What a manager, what a man, let’s go out with a bang Jurgen!”
John Barnes also heaped the praise on the Liverpool boss, telling In The Zone: “I remember when he came in, and people were hoping Liverpool would be in the top four. Most fans mean they want their club to finish fourth or third when they talk about being in the Champions League places, but Klopp has never settled for that.
“He’s made them number one and he’s managed to seriously challenge what is perhaps the best Premier League team ever in Manchester City. It’s achievements like that that proves Klopp deserves to be right up there with the likes of Bill Shankly.”
Liverpool are expected to be galvanized by the announcement, and Klopp could bow out in tremendous style by guiding the club to an unbelievable quadruple. The Reds currently sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League and booked their spot in the final of the EFL Cup earlier this week with victory over Fulham.