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English weather will have impact on Jurgen Klopp's decision on new Liverpool contract, claims agent

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Liverpool fans will be praying for mild winters over the next three years after Jurgen Klopp's agent revealed the English weather could play a significant part in the manager's decision on whether or not to sign a new contract.

The Kop hero's current deal is due to expire in 2022 and, while the club are understandably desperate for the German to put pen-to-paper on an extension as soon as possible, Klopp's mind isn't yet made up.

Speaking to German website Spox, Klopp's agent agent Marc Kosicke has spoken out on the potential for an extended stay at Anfield and the rather strange variable that could influence the decision.

"Jürgen's contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend but we still have a little time for that," he said. "One has to wait and see how everything develops and whether climate change also brings better weather to England or only to Germany.

"One should not underestimate (the weather) anyway. Ulla and Jürgen get up in the morning and it's dark. When they meet again in the evening, it is also dark or it is gray and there is drizzle."

Kosicke also referenced the lack of a winter break. Back in Germany, Klopp's old club Borussia Dortmund have no matches from December 20 to January 17. Meanwhile in England, that is arguably the busiest period of the campaign.

"I remember that in November or December, Liverpool first asked for a premature contract extension. I said: Let's wait," continued the agent.

"During the winter break in Germany, if the weather is really bad, the clubs go on holiday for two weeks, then come back and fly directly to the training camp in the sun for several days.

"During this time, the English coach sometimes has to play up to 13 games. This is not so easy."

Meanwhile, Liverpool will face either Qatar club Al Sadd SC, Hienghene Sport of New Caledonia or Mexico outfit Monterrey in their Club World Cup semi-final in December.

The Reds are guaranteed a passage to the last four of the competition to be held in Qatar by virtue of their triumph in last season's Champions League, and they learned their fate following a draw in Zurich on Monday.

Hosts Al Sadd and Oceania titlists Hienghene Sport face-off on December 11 for the right to challenge North American champions Monterrey three days later.

Liverpool then await the winners of that clash on December 18 and will either contest the final or third-place play-off on December 21.

Liverpool's last foray in the tournament ended with a 1-0 defeat to Sao Paulo in Yokohama, Japan, in 2005.

In the other semi-final, the yet to be determined winners of the Copa Libertadores will face either African champions Esperance Sportive de Tunis or whoever is crowned Asian Champions League winners.

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