Liverpool are keen to tie boss Jurgen Klopp down to a new long-term deal, but his agent has suggested the British weather could impact on it.
Klopp has a contract until 2022, but the club have approached his agent to open talks – but remarkably he admits the local weather may mean he does not sign again.
“Jurgen’s contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend,” his agent Marc Kosicke is quoted as saying.
“We still have a little time for that. We must wait and see how everything develops and whether climate change will bring better weather to England or only to Germany.
“One should not underestimate [the bad weather]. I remember that in November or December, Liverpool first asked for a contract extension. I said: ‘Let’s wait’.
“Ulla [Klopp’s wife] and Jurgen get up in the morning and it’s dark. When they meet again in the evening, it is also dark or it is grey and there is drizzle.
“During the winter break in Germany, if the weather is really bad, the clubs go on vacation for two weeks, then come back and fly directly to the training camp in the sun for several days.
“During this time, the coaches in England sometimes have to prepare for up to 13 games. They are already exhausted and it’s not so easy.”
Bookmakers currently believe there is a real chance he could end up at Real Madrid with Paddy Power making him 12/1 to be next man through the door at the Santiago Bernabeu.