Jurgen Klopp responded to Steven Gerrard’s remark that the Liverpool manager should sign a lifelong contract by making it clear that his Anfield rule is “far from over”. Asked if he has any dreams of managing Liverpool one day this week, Gerrard, the new Aston Villa boss, said he would be happy if his old club connected Klopp for as long as possible. Klopp’s current contract runs until 2024, at which point the German (54) would have been with the club for nine years – the longest stay in his managerial career.
“I saw Stevie say very nice and clever things,” Klopp said on Friday. “I do not have to think about these kinds of things at the moment, thank God, because we are in the middle of this season and that is all we are focused on.
“No other manager is asked so often about what happens in three or four years. I did not think about it and I do not want to think about it.
“It’s all good as it is. It’s over when it’s over, but it’s not over yet, so let’s focus on it.”
Klopp will eliminate the talks about his future as he focuses on Arsenal’s visit to Anfield on Saturday.
Arsenal are unbeaten in eight league games and pose a serious threat to Liverpool’s hopes of bouncing back after ending their unbeaten run of 25 games in a 3-2 defeat to West Ham before the international break.
With four points behind leaders Chelsea after two league games without a win, Klopp knows Liverpool have little margin for error against the Gunners.
“We all know we have to stay ahead of Arsenal. To stay in and around the top of the league, you need results and we have not had enough good results in the last few weeks,” said Klopp.
“We know we have to perform, we know we have to fight. That’s probably the most important information – we have to fight, because Arsenal are a very good football team.”
Klopp’s preparations were hit after English midfielder Jordan Henderson and Scotland left-back Andrew Robertson returned from international service with minor injuries, which have prevented them from training so far this week.
“I hate international breaks – absolutely, it was not helpful,” Klopp said.
“It didn’t help from an injury point of view. If we had played a week later (after West Ham), our players would have had two days off.”
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