Jurgen Klopp insists he won’t be leaving Liverpool in the wake of the Super League fiasco, saying the ‘tough times’ meant he felt more responsible for the club than ever before.
Klopp’s future for Anfield was uncertain after a difficult season for the club anyway. It was suggested that a lack of support from the board had left him disillusioned, with the attractiveness of the position in Germany prompting him to consider his options.
So when Liverpool announced on Monday that they would join a European Super League next season – an idea of principle that Klopp is fiercely opposed to – new questions arose.
Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Leeds, however, Klopp said: “I am here as a football coach and coach, and I will do so as long as people allow me.
“I won’t be resigning because of this. If times get tough it makes me more likely to stay here. I feel responsible for the team, the club and the relationship we have with the fans.” It’s a tough time, but I’ll try to help sort it out. “
Speaking ahead of the game, Klopp had responded to plans that would see Liverpool join five clubs from England and three each from Spain and Italy as founding members of the Super League, which is expected to rival the Champions League la next season.
“The most important part of a football club are the supporters and the team. Nothing can come in. I heard that there were banners, but I did not understand that because the players haven’t done anything wrong want to qualify for the Champions League next year.
“We have to stay together. We have to show that no one has to walk alone at these times. There are things that we have to sort out obviously, but it has nothing to do with football and nothing to do with the relationship between the supporters and the team.
“In tough times you have to stick together. It doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything, but the boys haven’t done anything wrong.”