Liverpool manager posts emotional message from Jurgen Klopp as departure confirmed

Liverpool goalkeeper John Achterberg celebrates alongside Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian the Carabao Cup trophy at the end of the final against Chelsea at Wembley on February 25, 2024.

Liverpool goalkeeping chief John Achterberg has delivered an emotional farewell message as he prepares to end a 15-year association with the club.

Achterberg’s contract with the Reds expires at the end of the season and, with Jurgen Klopp and several key members of the coaching staff departing this summer, the Dutchman has opted to leave as well.

The former Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper joined Liverpool in 2009, initially to work with the youth players before being promoted to the senior team two years later.

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Achterberg rose to prominence under Klopp, with Liverpool winning the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, two League Cups, the Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the Community Shield. During his time at the club, the Reds also won the League Cup under the management of Kenny Dalglish.

And confirming his imminent departure, Achterberg said on social media: “After 15 years at the club, I have decided with a heavy heart to leave LFC. It has been an incredible and wonderful journey for me and my family. I loved every day I work at this amazing club, but after much thought, I think it would be the right thing for me to take on a new challenge.

“I would like to thank FSG for all their support over these 15 years – Mike Gordon, John Henry, Tom Werner and Billy Hogan. It has been a privilege to work for the biggest and greatest club in world football with its incredible supporters, whether Scouse or non-Scouse, I loved them all around the world.

“A huge thank you to our manager Jurgen Klopp. What joy he gives us all. Klopp made all our dreams come true at LFC. He is one (of) the best managers in the history of the city, the club and the world . soccer.

“He created world class teams with his man management skills, he brought us back to being believers, winners and a force in European and world football.

“For me personally, I can never thank him enough for everything he has done for me and my family, for the trust he has given me to do my job to the best of my ability, for the joy, the “inspiration and great leadership.”

Achterberg added: “It allowed me to recruit goalkeepers to recruit them and continue to develop goalkeepers at a world-class level. I leave behind probably the best goalkeepers and goalkeeping departments in history of LFC We have sold some goalkeepers, but the aim has always been to give them a professional career in football.

“I want to thank everyone who has worked at the club with me for all these years and who has made every day a joy to work there. I will miss you all like crazy. I have made so much friends and good colleagues, from the coaches to all the goalkeepers and players over the years that I have worked with. On top of that, there is the ground staff, the kitchen staff, the equipment team. , the fitness department, nutrition, press office, media, video and photo team and analytics, I’m sure I forgot someone, but you all did your job. there an additional privilege.