Jurgen Klopp’s long-term future at Liverpool has been questioned in recent weeks.
Klopp swiftly and clearly stopped the rumours in their tracks, confirming he has no plans to leave Liverpool anytime soon.
“Did I get the sack or did I leave by myself? I don’t need a break,” said Klopp.
“Privately, we had a tough time, that was a much longer time already and we always deal with it as a family 100 per cent.”
In response to a banner in support of Klopp being unveiled outside Anfield this week, he added: “I heard about both [the banner and the rumours].
“The banner was nice, I don’t feel that I need special support in this moment but it’s nice. I don’t need a break.
“I am fully of energy, honestly. I see an interesting challenge. We will sort it by playing football, we will sort it together by fighting with all we have. That’s the plan.
“Nobody has to worry about me.
“We do this for the people. I feel the responsibility so much when things don’t go well.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson then chimed in on Tuesday, ahead of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
Henderson told BT Sport: “I got a few texts about the rumours – as the manager said, it was all a load of rubbish. People can blow things out of proportion.”
Reds manager Klopp signed a contract extension at Liverpool in December 2019, with the new deal including an unusual exit clause.
On the face of things the clause seems like something to worry about from a Liverpool perspective, especially amid the recent rumours.
But the clause simply ensures Klopp’s move back to Germany – where he intends to head once his contract at Liverpool expires in 2024 – is overseen by the Reds.
It doesn’t mean Klopp can cut short his contract, it instead means Liverpool will help Klopp complete a safe and comfortable journey back to Germany.
It is not unheard of for a club to help a new manager settle into the area.
Football clubs regularly help new signings with jobs like sorting accommodation and finding schools for their children.
This is to remove as much stress from the move as possible, allowing their new signing to focus solely on the job they’ve been brought in to do.
Assisting a manager’s exit is a little unusual, but it shows the bond and respect shared between Klopp and Liverpool goes both ways.