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Jürgen Klopp to take a year off when Liverpool contract expires

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has hinted several times that he could take a year off to restore his energy levels when his contract at Anfield runs out in 2022.

Klopp to take a year off when he leaves Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp has revealed that he intends to take an extended break from coaching when he leaves Liverpool.The 52-year-old arrived at Anfield in 2015, replacing Brendan Rodgers after a hugely successful spell in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Klopp has swiftly transformed the Reds into one of Europe's most exciting teams, leading them to the Champions League title and second place in the Premier League last season. This season, there is a decent chance of even more silverware arriving at Anfield. For Klopp, like Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, his tasks at Liverpool forms part of a long-term project which he hopes to have completed by 2022.

A year out to see the world

The German's contract with Liverpool runs out in 2022 and he says he is likely to take at least one year out of the game to recharge his batteries. "I have absolute energy," he told Kicker. "But I have one problem; I can't do 'a little bit'. I can only do 'all or nothing'. When I decide that I cannot do it any longer then I will take a break for a year. After that year a decision must then be taken. But chances are very high that my energy level will then be there once more and that I can then do the job the way I want to."

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp greets Arsenal manager Unai Emery at Anfield.

It's not the first time that Klopp has expressed plans to take a sabbatical - after honouring his committments with Liverpool. He took time out to recharge his batteries after leaving Dortmund and in April this year, he told Deutsche Welle’s Jana Schäfer that he puts his own health and his family's welfare before the rigours of coaching into old age. "When I was young I had time but no money, now I have money but absolutely zero time. One day I'd like to go and see the world while I still have energy to do so, with my wife, my dog (Emma) and the boys if they want to come too that would be cool".

Winning streak continues

Klopp has overseen a superb start to the 2019-20 season, guiding his side to three straight wins in the Premier League and beating Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final.