Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has agreed a contract extension at the club after guiding them to two cup finals in his first nine months in charge. The German replaced Brendan Rodgers in October and inspired the Reds to the Capital One Cup and Europa League finals, where they were defeated by Manchester City and Sevilla.
The Merseyside club also salvaged an eighth-place finish from a turbulent domestic campaign, and owners Fenway Sports Group have been impressed by the progress made by Klopp on and off the field. The Daily Telegraph understand Klopp has been rewarded with a new six-year contract which runs until 2022, while assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz have also been signed up.
Klopp has wasted little time preparing for the new season, making three signings this summer including the addition of Sadio Mane from Southampton. In a combined statement from principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and FSG president Mike Gordon, the trio said it made perfect sense to tie Klopp down to a long-term deal.
"When you have an individual of Jürgen's quality in the building it makes perfect sense to secure that person for the long term," the statement read on the Liverpool website. "To not do so would be irresponsible.
"The overriding motivation behind this decision is Jürgen's commitment to overall improvement and development. The ideas and plans he has for the football infrastructure excite us and we believe it benefits the organisation to have Jürgen committed to Liverpool for a sustained period, to make sure he is here to oversee this development.
"By making this commitment to him, we are taking away any future distractions or doubt. We will move forward in partnership together, with confidence in each other and with the club's future at the forefront of every decision."
The announcement comes as Liverpool prepare to kick off their pre-season fixture schedule with a short trip to Conference Premier side Tranmere Rovers. Klopp has regularly spoken of his appreciation of the club's history and expressed delight to have been entrusted with leading the club forward.
"It's hard to express in words how honoured myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general," he added. "We are very much at the beginning of our journey, but to already have the connection we have with this very special place is incredible."