Jurgen Klopp jokingly attributed his earlier-than-expected announcement of departure from Liverpool to his players.
After spending nine years in the Premier League, the German boss revealed that he is “running out of energy,” and he believes it’s the right time to leave the Reds at the end of the season despite having two years left on his contract.
Klopp will however continue to oversee the team’s remaining fixtures of 2023-24.
It comes after a spell that has seen him solidify his legacy in the club’s history by winning the Premier League, Champions League, the FA Cup, and the Carabao Cup.
The 56-year-old is the only Reds manager to have lifted all four cups during his tenure at the club since taking over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015.
“During his short speech to the players, Klopp joked that his exit was partly their fault because Liverpool had reached such a high level so soon that he felt he could pass the baton on to someone else,” The Atheltic reports.
“He talked up the talent in a youthful, vibrant squad. Being able to leave Liverpool in a good place — his legacy — means everything to him.
“The players didn’t have a lot of questions, “ he said. “I spoke to them all together and then a few after that. We have a really strong bond.
“Usually when a manager is in a dressing room and talks like that he got sacked. It isn’t like that because of the things we achieved so that is why my responsibility is so big.
“We had last year’s situation and I think a lot of managers would have got the sack and there was never any intention to do that and my responsibility grows and grows, so when it is not right anymore I have to tell.”
“Klopp had been concerned at how the news would impact the afternoon training session, but he was delighted by the fact it was business as usual.
“He told the players they have the opportunity to “write more chapters” between now and May and ensure this unforgettable era ends on a high.
“He is convinced it will galvanise everyone rather than act as a distraction.
Klopp’s assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, as well as elite development coach Vitor Matos, will also vacate their positions at the end of the season.