Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has conceded that he was a little surprised to be signing a new deal so soon after joining the club.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in the early stages of last season, and enjoyed a relatively successful start to life in England.
Although the Reds finished eighth in the Premier League and lost in the League Cup and Europa League finals, the signs of improvement were there for all to see as Klopp now has an entire summer to prepare his squad ahead of his first full campaign in charge.
Having now inked a new six-year deal with Liverpool, he is excited to be planning the long-term future of the club and insisted he didn’t hesitate to sign the contract.
“Signing a new contract is like having a penalty. Now we have to finish it,” he told reporters after his side’s 1-0 win in a pre-season friendly against Tranmere on Friday.
“When you talk about six years, it is a really long time in football; it is like 60 years. When they asked me, I was surprised but it felt right and now we are all happy.
“I asked myself ‘Is this the right option? Do I want to train another team?’ I asked my coaches and my family and they all said ‘No’. It’s all about getting the right signs.”
Having already brought in the likes of Joel Matip and Sadio Mane this summer, more new faces are expected at Melwood between now and the start of the new season, while more could be heading in the opposite direction too.
All in all, it’s adding to the excitement of next season for Liverpool supporters, who will hope that Klopp can build on last year and continue to take the club in the right direction while also putting the pieces in place for sustained success.