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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss confident Reds will thrive in his absence

Wolves are the visitors to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp takes charge of Liverpool for the final time

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is confident he leaves Liverpool in a “very, very good place” as he prepares for his final game in charge.

The Reds welcome Wolves to Anfield for Klopp’s swansong with Feyenoord boss Arne Slot admitting yesterday he would be his successor with an announcement expected in the coming week.

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Klopp – who leaves alongside many of his backroom staff – is heading for a sabbatical before he decides his next move, but he believes the club will continue to thrive in his absence.

Writing in his programme notes, he said: “The big positive for Liverpool is that no matter who is leaving, the club is still in a very, very good place. This season we aimed for the moon and ended up in the stars which is never too bad and the players and staff who are remaining are top, top class.

“Yes, they will have new leadership before too long but this is a club that is ready to take the journey in a new and exciting direction, not one that is ready for the journey to come to an end.

“This is what I have always known Liverpool to be – a club of journeys and adventures, some that end with trophies and some that don’t but whatever happens there are always stories and moments that are unforgettable.

“In my time here we have been blessed with quite a few and it is important that I stress that what we have done has always been underpinned by stable, intelligent and creative ownership. Again, I could not be more grateful for this but I am also excited because I know that this will continue going forward and that can only be good news for Liverpool FC.”

Emotions will run high

Sunday promises to be an emotional afternoon for everyone connected with Liverpool but Klopp knows his replacement will be afforded the same affection he was when he walked through the Anfield door in 2015.

He added: “”Finally, to the supporters I have only thanks and love. Everything that we have done has been because of you, with you and for you. I have referred many times to the banner on the Kop which says Unity Is Strength and I think this is a belief that we have all lived up to.

“The important thing now is that it continues so that my successor can have the same benefits of it as I’ve had. After Sunday I will be a supporter too, so hopefully I can play my part in that.

“I have never walked alone. You will never walk alone. LFC will never walk alone.

“Thank you Luv.”

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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.