Roy Keane admits Jurgen Klopp will be ‘unfortunately missed’ as he confirmed he will leave Liverpool in the summer.
The Manchester United legend believes the German has made the right decision if he feels he needs to take a break from the game.
Liverpool delivered the bombshell news on Friday morning that their long-serving manager will be leaving at the end of the season.
Klopp said he was running out of energy and did not think he had the energy left to continue at Anfield.
Roy Keane believes Jurgen Klopp is making the right decision to leave Liverpool
He has been in charge of Liverpool since replacing Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 and has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Klopp can still add the Europa League to his trophy cabinet this season, the one piece of silverware that has eluded him.
Keane has paid tribute to the 56-year-old’s impact on not only Liverpool but English football in general.
The former Republic of Ireland star says now is the right time if Klopp doubts he cannot continue.
Keane told ITV: “I’m not really too worried about the announcement, I just think it’s sad he’s leaving the game.
“I think he has been a wonderful manager for Liverpool, a great character for the Premier League.
“But I think if he feels he just needs a break then he’s probably made the right decision.
“Sadly he will be missed. I have enjoyed watching and listening to him, I think he has been fantastic for the Premier League and there is no doubt he will be a huge loss.”
“But I think he made the right decision if he felt he needed a break.”
Liverpool remain in all four competitions after reaching the Carabao Cup final in midweek.
They are top of the Premier League while they have a friendly FA Cup tie with Norwich at home to them on Sunday.
This will be Klopp’s first match since announcing his decision to leave the club but he does not want any big fuss just yet.
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Klopp has sent a message to Liverpool supporters, asking them to focus on the team and forget about him.
He said, “I would really like you to accept the decision. That would be good.”
“And then if I could ask for one more thing, after telling you not to sing my song too fast, after telling you to sing louder in the stadium, things like that, if I could ask for one more thing from you If I am, she will be; don’t make this game about me, because there is no need.
“The only thing I always wanted was full support for the team, that’s not for me.
“I know about our relationship, I don’t need any kind of proof. We will have a moment, maybe the last matchday here or somewhere else – I mean in other countries or other competitions.
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“There’s plenty of time to do these kinds of things. Now let’s really get on with it.”
“The outside world wants to exploit this decision, laugh at it, vilify us. We are Liverpool, we have been through difficult things together.
“And you went through hard things before me. Let’s make this a strength. That would be really nice.
“Let’s squeeze everything out of this season and have one more thing to smile about when we look back in the future.”