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Liverpool chiefs in talks with Jurgen Klopp over extension to current deal

By Simon Hughes

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have opened discussions with Jurgen Klopp over a new extended contract. The German was only appointed as Ulsterman Brendan Rodgers' successor last October and his current deal runs until 2018 with an option for an extra year.

The determination from Fenway to secure a longer-term relationship is a reflection of their satisfaction with the job Klopp has done so far, as well as their determination to intervene before any debate over his future begins.

Klopp is already the best-paid manager in the club's history and, indeed, is one of the highest earners in the Premier League.

Negotiations are unlikely to be centred on money, however, rather the ambition of each party.

Under Klopp, Liverpool reached the League Cup and Europa League finals last season only to lose both. An eighth-place finish represented their joint lowest in the Premier League era, although some concessions are understandable considering Klopp was unable to sign any players on a permanent basis and did not have a pre-season.

The lead figures at Fenway have enjoyed working with Klopp and believe he understands what needs to be done to transform the club's fortunes. Liverpool have finished inside the Premier League's top six only once since Fenway took ownership 2010.

Klopp has already overcome the issue of transfer decisions being made via committee consensus, as was the case for a period under Rodgers.

Each of Liverpool's signings this summer have been at Klopp's behest, with Joël Matip, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius and Sadio Mané all arriving.

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