Jurgen Klopp: I won’t be like Roy Hodgson

Klopp pondered how long he would continue managing at the top level.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was a guest on the BT Sport podcast Mike Calvin’s Football People recently, where the German spoke about his future years as a football coach.

Klopp, now the longest serving Liverpool manager since Bob Paisley, having enjoyed a hugely successful period at Anfield. This October, Klopp will be 8 years at the helm as the Liverpool coach. Klopp has won every major honor in English football, as well as a FIFA Club World Cup.

On the podcast, Klopp spoke about when he intends to retire as a coach and the intensity of life as an elite football head-coach.

“I know I dream of football, so that’s not cool… the job is incredibly demanding, it is, but it’s great as well.”

Klopp, 55, then spoke about ex-Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, who, at 75, most recently managed Watford last season in the Premier League.

“So that’s why I say when Roy Hodgson came back again, when he came in, I saw him and ask him ‘do you have a wet flat? You go again?’ and he says ‘no, I love it’ so I cannot see myself beyond 70 and still standing on the dugout each weather, and especially each weather for training, one and a half, two hours, standing there in the wind.”

“I can’t see that. But I understand a little bit where they are coming from and I hope other things are that interesting to me that I am really fine with not being involved anymore.”

Klopp’s current Liverpool contract runs until 2026. The German recently told reporters that he could go another 10 years as Liverpool manager. 

 

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