Jurgen Klopp is not thinking about leaving Liverpool despite a difficult season.
Jurgen Klopp says he feels “too much responsibility” to consider walking away as the Liverpool manager strongly dismissed suggestions of a shock Anfield exit.
The Reds are currently at the midway point of what has been a miserable campaign so far, with Klopp’s men sitting 10th in the table having taken 29 points from 20 games. A return to domestic action following the World Cup has seen the Reds pick up just seven points from a possible 18, leaving hopes of a top-four finish looking increasingly unlikely.
Klopp retains the full backing of club owners Fenway Sports Group but there have been gentle murmurs the Reds boss could end his seven-year stay on Merseyside less than a year into a new contract.
Speaking ahead of Monday night’s Merseyside derby with Everton at Anfield, the Reds boss insists he is not entertaining the thought as he reaffirmed his unwavering commitment towards turning around what has been a woeful campaign to date.
“I would say I have had difficult spells but always at the end of my time [at my other clubs],” Klopp said. “At Mainz we had difficult times during the whole time and Borussia Dortmund was probably at the beginning and the end. So I understand that people would think that way, but I will not go and I cannot go.
“I have too much responsibility and I want it and I want to sort it again. It is a difficult time, I don’t enjoy it but if we could show in this difficult time that this club is so special because we believe in everything – or people believe in me – then have to go through this together because then when we come out we will have great times again.
“Maybe the difficult times are a bit too long already, maybe for me as well. I knew it would be a difficult season but if we have five or six points more it would still not be a great season but we could talk about [qualifying for] the Champions League but now we are that far away not even you (the media) ask me about it anymore thankfully.
“So that makes it really difficult. But I don’t think about these kind of things. I am here 100% committed. If we win I feel like I was part of it but if we lose I feel 100% responsible, I was always like this in my life, so you can imagine how big the responsibility at the moment is and how I feel now and we will do absolutely everything to get through this and prepare the very positive future again.”
Klopp added: “But we cannot change that we lost the last game in the way we lost it [against Wolves] and there’s difficult times coming up, players are coming back and people think they will immediately change but they were out for a long time. We have to stay calm and smart and do the right things and there is one moment I am really emotional and that is after we lost the last game and you face me then but apart from that I am completely clear and can do the job I always did..
And I’m experienced enough to know you can get through this because two things.: When I left Mainz it was a career step as well, so we didn’t make it, I knew there was lot of interested [clubs[. When I left Dortmund, I was really exhausted in that moment. I thought we had to change something blab blah blah and it was time to do something else.
“I am neither nor in this moment, I am completely here, but I understand when people say oh seven years there, seven years there, but that has nothing to do with it. The situation is difficult for other reasons but this is not one of them.”