Jurgen Klopp may have only been at Liverpool for nine months and yet to complete an entire campaign with the club but he has already done enough to earn himself a new contract.
The German arrived at Anfield last October, taking over from Brendan Rodgers after agreeing a three-year deal worth £5m-a-season. That contract also contains an option for an extra 12 months, meaning it could potentially run to the end of the 2018/19 season.
Regardless of the ample time Klopp has remaining on his current terms, Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon has initiated talks over an extension. The expectation is that one will be agreed in the near future.
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But why the rush? Liverpool will almost certainly have to hand the former Borussia Dortmund manager a pay rise and there is always the possibility of things going southwards in his first full campaign, potentially leaving FSG with a huge payout if they have to part ways.
According to the Liverpool Echo, there are a couple of reasons why they want his future sealed. Firstly, the owners have been “blown away” by the changes Klopp and his team have managed to make in just nine months.
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While Liverpool finished the Premier League campaign in seventh place, they were 45 minutes of football away from winning the Europa League and also made it to the final of the Capital One Cup.
Secondly, they are worried that a continuation of this upward trend will quickly see Klopp linked with a move away. While Klopp himself is committed to a long-term plan on Merseyside, there is also the possibility that one of Europe's biggest clubs manage to coax him away.
The essential aim for Anfield officials is to underline their faith in a man they deem to be a "world-class" coach. Assistant coaches Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz will also be rewarded with new deals to match.
The same report says the size of the pay hike will not dominate talks and is expected to be more ceremonial than substantial. There is a hope that a deal can be announced before the campaign gets underway on August 13, when they take on Arsenal.
Liverpool fans are already looking forward to that day as a new-look team is likely to line up against Arsene Wenger's men. Klopp has already made four notable additions with Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane all arriving.
There have also been links to Germany star Jonas Hector and Borussia Monchengladbach's upcoming midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud. While deals for either player are nowhere near close, it appears as though Klopp is far from finished this summer.
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