Jurgen Klopp says being able to spearhead Liverpool’s “needed” rebuild was a key motivation for his decision to sign a new deal last year.
Klopp has committed his future to the Reds, with whom he has won seven trophies, including the Premier League and the Champions League, until 2026, when he signed a new contract last April.
Liverpool came close to an unprecedented four-time victory last season but disappointed this season, 10 points behind the top four in the Premier League to finish ninth.
With long-stay Liverpool players like Jordan Henderson and Fabinho struggling this season, many viewers are suggesting the Reds need a refresh, and Klopp agrees.
“I’m not saying it’s the biggest problem, but it’s a challenge and it was one of the main reasons why I signed a new contract because I knew it was necessary. [to rebuild]Klopp said during an appearance on the BT Sport Football People podcast.
“This will not go away overnight, and imagine the situation now with another coach in the chair. I’d be somewhere on vacation and everyone would be screaming my name, “this wouldn’t have happened to him!”
“I am clearly not a miracle worker. That’s why it’s so good, because of all the problems that you have in the transition period – we have an awful lot of injuries, and this makes life very difficult.
“I don’t have a problem with that because obviously I know that most of the outside world is only interested in the short term, but we also need to be focused on the long term.”
Jürgen Klopp felt that we showed a “small step” forward in terms of the level of our game after a goalless draw against Chelsea.
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Liverpool aren’t the only giants to find themselves in the middle of the table this season, with Chelsea trailing them on goal difference after a disappointing goalless draw on Saturday.
While Chelsea have spent big money to bring in Mihail Mudrik and Benoît Badiashile in the current transfer window, Klopp insists Liverpool cannot afford to do business in the same way.
“Obviously there are many different ways to do this, but it all depends on the situation you are in,” he said.
Chelsea under new ownership obviously… no one knows exactly how they do it, how they can spend so much money.
“No one likes it when I talk about other teams, but the transition takes time unless you have infinite money, otherwise you can change it overnight by inviting 10 players.”
Although Klopp will spend 11 years at Anfield if he lives to see the end of his contract, he does not believe he will stay in the game for as long as some other managers.
“I know that I dream about football, so it’s not cool… the work is incredibly difficult, but it’s also great,” Klopp added.
“When Roy Hodgson is back again [to Watford last season], I saw him and asked: “Do you have a wet apartment? You go again?’ He says, “No, I like it.”
“I don’t see myself over 70 and I still stand in the dugout in any weather, and especially every weather for training, I stand there for two hours in the wind. I don’t see it.
“I hope other things are so interesting to me that I really agree that I will no longer participate in them.”