Jurgen Klopp: My message for Liverpool supporters after new contract
Jurgen Klopp explains why he is excited about Liverpool's future after signing a new contract
Jurgen Klopp has promised Liverpool supporters that there is much more to come after the Reds manager signed a new long-term contract on Friday.
The 49-year-old put pen to paper on an extended six-year deal along with two members of his coaching staff – Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz – after a whirlwind opening seven months in charge of the 18-time English champions.
We will be stronger, better and our successes sweeter
Liverpool racked up some memorable Premier League victories on the road against Chelsea and Manchester City as well as a resounding 4-0 win against derby rivals Everton at Anfield at the end of April.
Klopp led the Merseyside outfit to their first final since 2011 only to lose to Manchester City on penalties in the League Cup showpiece at Wembley in February.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager didn’t have any better luck in the Europa League final after Daniel Sturridge’s opener was cancelled out and Sevilla won 3-1 thanks to three second-half goals.
However, the Liverpool manager is positive about the future after committing to a new contract ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season.
“It’s hard to express in words how honoured myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“We are very much at the beginning of our journey, but to already have the connection we have with this very special place is incredible.
“I am the first to recognise that with this great commitment comes a great responsibility. All of our coaching careers we have looked to make teams and clubs better, with the ultimate goal of making the supporters proud and happy.
“To do this we have to make sure we always put player and team development at the heart of every major decision. It is my job to lead that and ensure every element of the Liverpool football environment reflects the best practices in the game. It is fantastic that the club’s ownership is just as committed to this as we are.
“There is much to do and much to achieve and we look to do this by being the most completely together group anywhere in the world. That’s everyone and we all have responsibility for it – all of us who are part of this Liverpool family: players, staff, ownership and of course the supporters.
“By being together at all times, we will be stronger, better and our successes sweeter.”
Liverpool will open their campaign with an away trip to Premier League rivals Arsenal.