Match of the Day host Gary Lineker expressed his lack of surprise upon hearing Jurgen Klopp’s announcement of his departure from Liverpool on Friday.
Klopp, who will bring the curtain down on a glorious eight-and-a-half-year managerial reign at Anfield will continue to oversee the team’s remaining fixtures of 2023-24.
The German, alongside assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, as well as development coach Vitor Matos, will also vacate their positions at the end of the season.
The 56-year-old shocked the football world with his sudden resignation but Lineker always sensed that it might be on the horizon.
“He is such a passionate guy, you can see that in the way he manages the team, the way you see him on the touchline and the energy, the absolute passion for the game and his team,” he explained on a special episode of The Rest is Football podcast.
“You can understand that [he is running out of energy]
“I think he did a similar sort of thing at Dortmund, said he had run out of steam and needed a little break.
“This has not astounded me I have to say, I sensed it would happen at some point because of his history and the amount of energy he puts into the way he does [his job] so I am not overly surprised.
“But it has still come out of the blue because there was no kind of rumours. He has obviously managed to keep it quiet and he has managed to make the announcement without any sort of pre-knowledge of it.”
Klopp, having helped Liverpool reach the Carabao Cup final at Wembley in midweek said he is “running out of energy.”
“I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or at least try to explain it.
“I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.
“It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.
“After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth.”