Jurgen Klopp given hero’s welcome on return to former club in Liverpool break

Klopp was, at one stage, considering a sabbatical in 2024, but signing a new contract with Liverpool he delayed his plans until at least 2026.

It is clear, though, that his priorities have shifted of late, as whereas previously he would spend international breaks on warm-weather holidays, he now takes the opportunity to visit his new grandchild.

This means frequent trips back to Germany, where this month he also arranged a return to the club where he began his managerial career, Mainz.

Eleven years with Mainz as a player became seven more as manager, forging the reputation that earned his move to Dortmund in 2008 and then Liverpool seven years later.

His proudest feat at Mainz was earning promotion to the Bundesliga in 2003/04, and it is no surprise that he is considered a legendary figure at the club.

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What a pleasure to have Jrgen back with us for the day ?#Mainz05 pic.twitter.com/VJswRInYnv

Mainz 05 English (@Mainz05en) September 9, 2023