Why is Jürgen Klopp leaving Liverpool? Reds boss' Anfield exit decision explained

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It is a day that many Liverpool fans thought would never come. Jürgen Klopp will take charge of his final match against Wolves before leaving Anfield for the final time as manager.

Klopp stunned the football world when he announced in January that this would be his last season in charge. At the time, Liverpool was in the mix for four trophies but have had to settle for one, winning the Carabao Cup against Chelsea at Wembley.

A return to the Champions League has been secured and Klopp's replacement, expected to be Arne Slot, is inheriting a very talented squad with young players ready to step up in the biggest matches.

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When he announced he would be stepping down, Klopp told Liverpool's official website that he was 'running out of energy'. He has been in charge for nine years and has been in management consistently since his first job at Mainz in 2001.

He added: "I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again. "I have never lived a normal life. That is true. Having three or four weeks in the summer was enough, but not anymore."

Klopp will take at least a year out from management before returning to the touchline. He also maintains he will never manage another Premier League club.

In his final interview with Liverpool's official website, he expanded further on his decision: "There was a day, a week, two weeks, three weeks, when I realized I can't do it anymore.

"You play the season while you play the season, but you plan the next season. It's not that you talk about it but it's constant. I used to watch players we signed two years earlier, watching them, you follow them, have a look, you speak to them and that's how it goes. I didn't have the power to do it anymore. That's not possible.

"You cannot do it like that. I can't do that for a week and say, 'Come on. You can do it next week.' But it was not that we had no time. I just couldn't get up for it anymore. For me it was immediately clear, 'OK, here I have to stop.' I always said, in the moment I realize I am not the right manager for the club anymore I will tell [them] and that's what I did. Since then, I didn't have one doubt. There was not one second where I thought [about staying]."

Klopp is now planning to spend time travelling with his wife Ulla. The couple have a home in Mallorca and are expected to spend their time between there and Germany.

He added: "People ask me, 'What are you (going to do?)'. I just don't know. I never had it, so let's give it a try and then I tell you."