Klopp: I'm looking to the future
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp signed a new contract in order to project an image of security and stability for potential transfer targets.
The German has agreed a new deal which extends his current one, due to expire in 2022, to 2024 and while it was not a priority for him, he felt it could be a key factor when it came to persuading new recruits to join.
Klopp is looking at the long-term picture, and while securing Red Bull Salzburg playmaker Takumi Minamino for a bargain £7.25million - a deal which is virtually done aside from his medical - appears to have been relatively straightforward for the reigning European champions, there will come a time when the manager's influence will be key.
"The club was asking for a while if we could talk about an extension and I thought it makes sense before things are getting a bit intense.
"With new players when you want to bring them in they ask 'How long is the manager going to be here?'
"We all wanted to avoid that so it's done and I am really happy about that."