Jurgen Klopp has an exit clause in his Liverpool contract should he decide to return to Germany, according to reports.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived on Merseyside in 2015 and has since transformed the sleeping giants into the best team in the world.
After reaching consecutive Champions League finals, Klopp lifted the prestigious European Cup last summer and is on course to also raise the Premier League trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
But reports claim the new deal he signed in 2019 has a clause inserted at the club’s insistence to help the 52-year-old move back to Germany once his time at Anfield comes to an end.
According to The Independent, the club will ensure Klopp’s return to his home country goes as smoothly as possible and should be of immediate concern to Reds supporters.
However, that is not to say the decision is not an unusual one.
Helping new managers and players acclimatise has become a key role for player liaison officers at clubs; be it helping children find local schools, providing language classes or even moving furniture.
But having an exit strategy is rather rare, although it can be seen as an indication of the commitment and loyalty shared between the board and the manager.
And this is perhaps no more evident than during Klopp’s speech in December upon penning fresh terms.
“For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my knowledge of what we as a partnership have achieved so far and what is still there for us to achieve,” said Klopp.
“When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues to take place, I feel my contribution can only grow.
“People see what happens on the pitch as a measure of our progress and although it is the best measure, it’s not the only measure. I have seen the commitment from ownership through to every aspect and function of the club you can think of.
“When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that. It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024.”