Jurgen Klopp has announced that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, ending a nine-year reign at Anfield.
Thew news was revealed in a video as Klopp directly addressed the Liverpool fans on Friday morning, saying he is “running out of energy” to continue in the role, even with Liverpool leading the way in the race for the Premier League title.
Since arriving at Anfield in 2015, Klopp has brought success back to Merseyside, ending the long wait for a first top division title, winning the Premier League in 2019/20 - ending 30 years of hurt and securing his place in the hearts of Liverpool fans.
They also won the Champions League in 2018/19 and finished runners-up on two occasions in 2017/18 and 2021/22, and were also runners-up in the Premier League twice with 97 and 92 points respectively, as they and Manchester City took the game to new levels.
The news comes as a surprise, with Klopp successfully revitalising an aging squad over the summer and opening up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League despite losing experienced players such as Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane in recent years.
However in an emotional interview, Klopp said: “I will leave the club at the end of the season. I can understand that its a shock for a lot of people when you hear this for the first time but I can 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, the staff, everything.
“That I still take this decision, it shows you that I’m convinced it’s the one I have to take. It is that I am running out of energy. I have no problem now, (but) I think I have known it for longer and that I will have to announce it at some point.”
Considering the impact Klopp has had at Anfield since his arrival, with the whole club seemingly brought in line with his style and personality, it will be a huge ask to try and replace him come the summer.
Predictable Xabi Alonso is the man linked with taking over and has immediately been installed as favourite for the role, with the likes of Pep Lijnders, Steven Gerrard and Roberto De Zerbi also linked.