‘Needs a break’: Harry Redknapp sympathises with ‘knackered’ Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss announces shock departure

‘Needs a break’: Harry Redknapp sympathises with ‘knackered’ Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss announces shock departure
Harry Redknapp sympathises with 'gruelling' football manager 'pressure'
Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 26/01/2024

- 11:50

Updated: 26/01/2024

- 13:32

Klopp admitted he is 'running out of energy'

Ex-football manager Harry Redknapp has sympathised with Jurgen Klopp who announced his decision to step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season.

Klopp, who was appointed in October 2015, said he is “running out of energy” in the bombshell announcement.

The 56-year-old German has won every major honour since taking charge of the Reds, and is on course for another trophy-laden season with his team still in four competitions.

Speaking on GB News, ex-Premier League manager Harry Redknapp agreed with Pip Tomson's suggestion that after nine years at the top level of English football, Klopp is likely to be “knackered”.

“It’s a well-paid, fantastic job, don’t get me wrong”, Redknapp said on being a Premier League manager.

“But the pressure is non-stop. When you’re at a club with a lot of fans, you want to do well for them.


“When it isn’t going well. It’s a nightmare. Klopp is probably a bit tired and may be losing a bit of that energy and drive.”

Redknapp added that while Klopp may be starting to lack the vigour he once had, you would not be able to guess that was the case.

“You would never believe it because of that smile on his face”, he said.

“He still looks like he is loving every minute of it, so it’s come as a big shock.”

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp joined Ellie Costello and Pip Tomson on GB News


Jurgen KloppJurgen Klopp has rocked Liverpool by confirming he will leave the club at the end of the seasonGETTY

Redknapp admitted he was taken aback by GB News’s request for him to appear on the channel to discuss the topic, as he had not yet heard the news.

The former Spurs boss even had to ask presenters Pip Tomson and Ellie Costello whether Klopp had stepped down with immediate effect.

In a video message to Liverpool fans, Klopp said: “I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or at least try to explain it.”

“I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff.

“I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.

“It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.

“After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth.”

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