Soccer – Reds to reward Klopp with new deal

Liverpool are poised to hand Jurgen Klopp a new long-term contract at Anfield as a reward for guiding the club to Champions League success. The 51-year-old ended a personal run of six consecutive final defeats, including three in charge of Liverpool, to guide the Merseysiders to a first trophy in seven years and sixth European Cup win in their history with a 2-0 win against Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday. And, after 750,000 people flocked to welcome the team back to the city on Sunday afternoon, Liverpool bosses are putting plans in place to ensure Klopp stays put for the longer term despite his current contract not expiring until 2022. Chairman Tom Werner said: "When the players threw Jurgen in the air last night after our victory, they were acknowledging what all Liverpool fans know - he is beloved by all who appreciate football." Liverpool also finished last season behind Manchester City with a record runners-up points tally of 97 and are 11/4 with Bet365 to end their near 20-year wait for a domestic title with success in 2019-20.

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