By Will Butcher
Liverpool chiefs have had a subtle dig at Brendan Rodgers after handing Jurgen Klopp a stunning six-year contract.
Fenway Sports Group (FSG), who own Liverpool, spoke about their current manager after the former Borussia Dortmund boss signed a new deal to stay at Anfield until 2022.
In a statement, reported by the Liverpool Echo, joint owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon declared how Klopp was a selfless man who puts the Merseyside club before anything else, including himself.
They said: “In Jürgen we have someone who is always looking ahead, always looking beyond his own wants and needs and putting the club first.
“The overriding motivation behind this decision is Jürgen’s commitment to overall improvement and development.”
This comes just 9 months after sacking Rodgers, who has since taken up the managerial role at Scottish Champions Celtic.
The relationship between Rodgers and FSG deteriorated before it had even began. Sagas such as the selling of Andy Carroll to West Ham when the squad was short of strikers and the FSG checks and balances committee to oversee incoming transfers, worsened the relationship.
The owners added in their statement: “When you have an individual of Jurgen’s quality in the building it makes perfect sense to secure that person for the long term. To not do so would be irresponsible.”
With FSG’s quotes it seems that the Liverpool board are still bitter with Rodgers, after relieving the Northern Irishman of his duties last October and not offering the former Swansea boss a new deal, unlike Klopp.
Klopp has so far brought in Sadio Mane from Southampton for £35million, whilst goalkeeper Loris Karius arrives for £5million and Schalke’s centre-back Joel Matip was signed on a free.
In other Liverpool news, here is the full-story on Klopp signing his new contract.