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Jurgen Klopp casts further doubt over his Liverpool future

Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Arsenal Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has cast further doubt on him extending his stay at Anfield.

The German has already had one contract renewal to take him up to 2022 and Fenway Sports Group is keen to tie him down to another.

Klopp joined Liverpool in 2015 and, having spent exactly seven years at previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, there is already speculation he could walk away from the Reds in three seasons.

Last week he said he did not know what would happen "in two or three years" and his latest comments will only increase concerns the Champions League-winning coach has a definite end point in mind.

Asked if he would take some time off after he finishes at Anfield, Klopp told German sports magazine Kicker: "It looks like it. Who can now say if he can give it his all in three years' time?

"If I decide for myself that I can't go on any more, I'll take a break and in that year I'd have to make a definite decision (over my career).

"I have absolute energy, but I have one problem; I can't do 'a little bit'. I can only do 'all or nothing'.

"But the chances are very high that my energy levels will go up again (after a year's break), and that I can then do the job the way I want to."


Man Utd and Liverpool Under-21 sides to compete in EFL Trophy

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Manchester United and Liverpool will field their Under-21 sides in the EFL Trophy for the first time next season.

The clubs have previously refrained from taking part in the competition but the English Football League has announced that the Premier League's top six will now be fully represented.

United and Liverpool's Under-21 sides are the latest Category One Academy teams to take part, forming part of the 16 invited teams that will join the 48 League One and League Two clubs in the competition.

Involvement in the EFL Trophy will help United fill the void left by their absence from the UEFA Youth League, with the failure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to reach the Champions League meaning they missed out.

Nicky Butt, the club's head of academy, said: "We are looking forward to being involved in the EFL Trophy next season.

"The competition provides a range of experiences that will act as the ideal platform for the development of our homegrown talent.

"We are always looking to be innovative in order to find the best development path for our young players; the opportunity to face senior opponents will benefit them greatly."

Portsmouth won this year's EFL trophy thanks to a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over Sunderland after the game ended 2-2 after extra-time.

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