Jurgen Klopp insists he can ‘go for ten more years’ on 1000th match in front of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard – who is tipped as Reds manager’s replacement

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted there is more juice left in the tank – much to Steven Gerrard’s possible disappointment.

    The German took charge of his 1,000th game as a manager when the Reds faced Chelsea on Saturday lunch-time, a career that has spanned across Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

    Jurgen Klopp has taken charge of 1,000 games

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    Jurgen Klopp has taken charge of 1,000 games

    It is his seventh year at Anfield and, despite some suggestions that he might wrap up his time at the club soon, Klopp insisted he has at least 10 more years left.

    He said on BT Sport: “My motivation is no problem. I am a bit like Obelix, who fell in the… you know Asterix and Obelix? Ah, you don’t know it, forget it.”

    Both BT Sport host Linsey Hipgrave and guest Rio Ferdinand looked dumbfounded by Klopp’s attempt at a joke, while his next sentence might have rankled for Gerrard.

    Klopp insisted: “I have enough energy for another 10 years if you want!”

    Stood next to the 55-year-old on the pitch during the interview was Gerrard, on BT Sport as a guest and still harbouring ambitions to one day coach his boyhood club Liverpool.

    It means Gerrard might have to wait a while longer before getting the chance to coach Liverpool – though he might have to rebuild his managerial reputation in that time.

    Klopp’s got the crowd back with another quip

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    Klopp’s got the crowd back with another quip

    Klopp added: “That time [when he started as Mainz manager] I didn’t know if I would have a second game to be honest!

    “It’s a big number, I look like I have 1,000 games but I have done it in 22 years and it was pretty quick so here we are.”

    Liverpool have had a disastrous campaign with a string of poor results that have left them ninth in the Premier League while Champions League football might have been lost this year.

    It follows a season where the Reds won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup but missed out on the Premier League and Champions League narrowly.

    Liverpool have had a tough season this year

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    Liverpool have had a tough season this year

    Klopp said: “We had a super intense season, won two cups but were not champions because we didn’t win the league. It looks like we are lacking energy I know and it is not cool.

    “We were lacking energy and hunger but it was not on purpose. We need to find consistency.

    “We need to find a good season again and hopefully today we can take another step.”

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