Jurgen Klopp has gained iconic status at Liverpool FC having led the Reds to Premier League and Champions League success over the course of the last two seasons.
The German penned a new four-and-a-half-year deal at Anfield in December 2019 to keep him at the club until 2024.
But writing in his column for German newspaper SportBild, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann warned his former side they should begin preparing for his compatriot's exit because he believes he will not be at the club for the second half of this decade..
‘It is astonishing that Jurgen Klopp has already been a coach at Liverpool for five years,' Hamann said. ‘But when you are successful, time goes by faster.
‘Since the Champions League victory against Tottenham in 2019 and the first title this summer for Liverpool after 30 years, this coach is a living legend.
‘I would wish for Liverpool that he would still be the coach in 2025.
‘But either Klopp will be lying on the beach, or he will be the coach of the German national team.'
The comments come after Klopp admitted in July that he plans on returning to his home country when his contract expires in four years' time.
More recently, Klopp has even claimed he would have been wise to depart Anfield in the summer on the most positive of notes having led the club to their first league title in 30 years.
Klopp will become the longest serving Liverpool manager since Bob Paisley, who was in charge from 1974 to 1983 – that is if he gets to 2024.
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