Jurgen Klopp reveals he has spoken with Michael Edwards after his Liverpool return… but insists FSG'S new CEO of football did NOT try to convince him to stay – 'because he's not dumb'!
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Jurgen Klopp reveals he has spoken with Michael Edwards after his Liverpool return… but insists FSG'S new CEO of football did NOT try to convince him to stay – 'because he's not dumb'!

Mar 25, 2024
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  • Jurgen Klopp revealed that the director had not tried to convince him to stay 
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Jurgen Klopp has revealed discussions with Liverpool’s new football chief executive Michael Edwards about the club’s future but said his former colleague was too smart to try and talk him into a U-turn about staying.

Edwards, who was Liverpool’s sporting director between 2016 and 2022 when Klopp won the Premier League and Champions League, is returning to Anfield and will be responsible for choosing the next manager with the German announcing that he’s leaving int eh summer.

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie against Sparta Prague, Klopp hailed Edwards’ return.

‘We’ve had a conversation. Michael and I always had a really good relationship and obviously a lot of good things happened when we were here together. Now he’s back, I am really happy,’ said the manager.

‘I’ve said many times I want to see the club in the best possible place after I leave and this is a top solution.

Jurgen Klopp revealed that he has spoken with Liverpool 's new football CEO Michael Edwards

Jurgen Klopp revealed that he has spoken with Liverpool ‘s new football CEO Michael Edwards

Klopp (centre) stated that he was 'happy' to see Edwards (left) return to the football club

Klopp (centre) stated that he was ‘happy’ to see Edwards (left) return to the football club 

Edwards (above) spent 10 years at Liverpool previously and was influential in Klopp's success

Edwards (above) spent 10 years at Liverpool previously and was influential in Klopp’s success

‘Our conversation was great. We spoke about a lot of things, what I think about players and different things., what has changed, what might have to change.’

Klopp insisted his own future was not on the agenda and that Edwards had not asked him if he’d consider staying.

‘No, because he is not dumb!’ retorted the German. ‘It is not a subject to talk about. Can you imagine I change my mind now? Of course not.

‘It’s like I could not say I would never go to another club in England and then sign next year for our neighbours!

‘It would be completely crazy. I do not say these things without thinking before. I realised all the time how great this club is, not just now. It is probably the best club in the world and I leave it anyway.

‘I just want them to do as good as somehow is possible with the right people in charge, and Michael is a top choice.’

Though Klopp’s announcement stunned Liverpool fans, the introduction of young players during an injury crisis that helped them win the Carabao Cup against Chelsea have raised optimism.

Klopp gave a positive injury update over the fitness of Mohamed Salah claiming he was 'ready'

Klopp gave a positive injury update over the fitness of Mohamed Salah claiming he was ‘ready’ 

Klopp is hoping his side continue their momentum into their return fixture against Sparta Prague

Klopp is hoping his side continue their momentum into their return fixture against Sparta Prague 

Klopp urged his team to 'keep their rhythm' ahead of another tough game against Man United

Klopp urged his team to ‘keep their rhythm’ ahead of another tough game against Man United 

Mo Salah is available again to start his first match against Sparta after a recurrence of a hamstring injury and the club are still on course to win four trophies. Their 5-1 lead from the first leg makes their last-16 return against the Czechs look a formality.

Klopp agrees: ‘Absolutely the club is in a really good place. People will judge this season at the end but it’s not even that important for the future.

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