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Liverpool manager Klopp to step down at end of season

Sports Desk, Jan 26 (EFE).- Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp will step down at the end of the season, the club announced Friday.

The German manager, who joined Liverpool in 2015, will leave despite having two years left on his contract.

“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,” he said.

“I am, how can I say it, running out of energy,” Klopp continued.

“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.”

Under Klopp, Liverpool have returned to the summit of English and European football after years if relative mediocrity.

Since he arrived from Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool have won the Uefa Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.

The team are currently top of the Premier League table and will play in the League Cup final against Chelsea on Feb. 25.

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is currently impressing as manager of Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, has been touted as a potential successor to Klopp.

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