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Gary Lineker paid tribute to Jurgen Klopp after the 56-year-old confirmed he will step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the campaign.
The German, who has been in charge of the Reds since replacing Brendan Rodgers eight-and-a-half years ago, is ready for a break.
Klopp has won every trophy at Liverpool, with the Premier League and Champions League triumphs in 2020 and 2019 respectively being particularly impressive.
And Lineker has now paid tribute to the German, who will go down as a Liverpool legend.
Jurgen Klopp leaving Liverpool at the end of the season with tributes
The Match of the Day presenter said, “Wow. Great news. What an incredible job he has done.”
Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher said: “Whenever the news came it was a huge blow to the club. I just thought it would take a few more years.
“What a manager, what a man, let’s go out with a bang Jurgen!”
Thomas Tuchel, who is currently the manager of Bayern Munich, has also praised Klopp.
“I have to digest this first,” he began by saying.
“Kloppo is one of the best coaches in the world, he has always managed to impress the clubs where he has worked. “This is big news”.
Liverpool fans are struggling to digest the news, with some taking to social media to describe Klopp’s exit as a ‘nightmare’.
“Wake me up from this nightmare,” one frustrated user said.
“Please tell me this is a joke? I beg you,” were the words of a second unhappy fan.
A third said: “Somebody needs to wake me up from this nightmare.”
A fourth said: “What nonsense.”
And a fifth gushed, saying: “Great, what a manager we had. Made me fall in love with the club again during a time of struggle. Thanks Jurgen for everything.”
“Without question a statue and stand should be named after him.”
Speaking to club media, Klopp said he was ‘losing energy’ as he explained his decision to leave Liverpool.
“I love everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff,” he said.
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– Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 26 January 2024
“I love everything. But still I make this decision so you know I’m convinced that this is the one I have to take.
“I’m just like, how can I say this, my energy is draining. “I don’t have any problems anymore, obviously, I already knew that I would have to announce it at some point, but now I’m absolutely fine. I know I can’t do this again and again.
“After all the years we spent together and all the time we spent together and all the things we went through together, respect for you grew, love for you grew and the least I owe you is the truth – and This is the truth.”
Fenway Sports Group chairman Mike Gordon also paid tribute to Klopp, saying: “First and foremost, on behalf of John Henry and Tom Werner, I want to express our deep appreciation for Jurgen.
“It goes without saying that we will be deeply saddened to lose not only a manager of such caliber, but also a man and leader for whom we have great respect, gratitude and affection.
Jurgen Klopp leaves Liverpool as successive winners having rebuilt the club
“At the same time, we fully respect his wishes and the reasons why he has decided that the current season will be his last at Liverpool.
“In keeping with Jürgen’s expressed wishes, we will save the extensive tribute for a more appropriate time, but nevertheless, we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to confirm that his appointment would be a great start to our time as owners. One of the greatest blessings we will miss.
“The incredible achievements of the intervening years speak for themselves, as does the joy that Jurgen and his team have brought to all of us supporters.
“His many achievements will never be taken for granted. “Appropriating the saying synonymous with another Liverpool managerial great, Jurgen Klopp ‘made people happy’ and we are confident that he will continue to do so until his final departure. Will keep.”