Jurgen Klopp: I won’t manage past 60

Jurgen Klopp could see himself ending his managerial career with Liverpool and expects that to be in the next decade.
Jurgen Klopp: I won’t manage past 60

The German celebrates a year in charge at Anfield next weekend and so far has proved to be a very popular figure.

His first season had its ups and downs but the Reds have made a flying start to the 2016-17 campaign and have been widely praised for their football.

Klopp, 49, said he cannot imagine still being a manager at 60 and, although he would be happy to end his career in England, he would then head back to his homeland.

He said: “I certainly will (return to Germany) to live, but I don’t know if I will be back there as a coach yet. The day will come when I say, ‘thanks, it was a pleasure’.

“It’s very, very unlikely that I will still be sitting on the bench when I am 60. And, if at the end of my career I only got to coach Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool, then it will certainly have been three fantastic clubs.”

Liverpool will bid for a fifth consecutive win when they travel to struggling Swansea in today’s earlier kick-off.

The Reds have scored 14 goals in their past four games while Swansea have managed just a single Premier League victory this season.

That came in their opening match against Burnley, and manager Francesco Guidolin admitted he is braced for the sack if they fail to win today.

The Italian said: “It was a dream for me to come here when I was in Italy and I can say it is the best league in the world.

“I know my job and I don’t worry about this (speculation). I am just focused on my work and my job.”

The Swans were unlucky to lose to Manchester City last weekend and Klopp feels they are a better team than their points tally suggests.

He said: “This season we have time to analyse all the opponents properly and they play much better than four points look like.

“It’s a good football-playing side with a clear plan, with different options in their style of play, good defending. If you want, it’s a typical Premier League problem.

“You analyse an opponent and you think: ‘Okay, that’s quite strong’. They were unlucky in this situation, lucky in this situation for the opponent. We will be prepared for this game and no one should be in doubt that we know about the quality of Swansea.”

Liverpool were beaten on their last visit to the Liberty Stadium in May in a match that came less than 72 hours after a last-gasp defeat by Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.

The Reds are not in European competition this season and Klopp is determined they must use that to their advantage in the Premier League.

He said: “We lost at Swansea last season in a difficult week for us. We had to play there at 12pm on the Sunday and that was really hard for us, we didn’t perform really well so deserved the defeat.

“This time we want to deserve something else. We have absolutely no excuses. We have time to recover, we have time to train, we have time to analyse and we have to use it.”

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