Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him on Merseyside until 2024.
The 52 year old German joined Liverpool in October 2015 in succession to Brendan Rogers, after stepping down from his previous role with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, where he won two league titles and the German Cup. A year later, he signed a new six year deal with the Reds, and there had been speculation that he would take a sabbatical when his current deal expired, but that has now ended with news of the contract extension.
In 2018 Klopp guided Liverpool to the Champions League final in Kiev, but they were beaten in the end by Real Madrid. Undeterred, they fought their way through to the final again last season, an all-English affair with Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, and this time they were triumphant, winning 2 0 in Madrid.
It is Premier League title success that Liverpool fans really crave, and they came very close last season, losing just one game all season to the team that pipped them to the title by a single point, Manchester City. Their final tally of 97 points was the highest by any team not to win the competition.
This campaign they have an eight point lead at the top, and 14 point advantage over City who are still considered their main challengers. They are currently odds-on favourites with the bookmakers to win their first league title since 1990.
Klopps two main assistants, Peter Krawietz and Pepijn Lijnden have also signed new contracts.
Ironically enough, the Klopp announcement came within hours of the news that the man, tipped by many to succeed him as Liverpool manager one day, Steven Gerrard, had also signed a new contract with his club Rangers, keeping him at Ibrox until 2024. The 39-year old former Liverpool club captain left his post as youth coach with the Anfield side in May 2018, moving to Glasgow to take his first managerial side, and has been instrumental in building the team back-up so they can begin to challenge bitter rivals Celtic for domestic honours again.
On Thursday night, Gerrards time secured a home draw with Young Boys of Switzerland in the Europa League, which was enough to ensure Rangers will feature in the knock-out stages of a European competition for the first time since 2011.