Former Red Jason McAteer has suggested that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could walk away from Anfield before his contract expires.

Klopp, who has led Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup within the past six months, recently signed a new deal at Anfield which keeps him at the club until 2024.

The German could also add the Premier League title to that collection come May, as the Reds currently possess a 16-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.

Despite this being the case, McAteer feels Klopp could potentially walk away from Anfield due to exhaustion before 2024 comes around.

McAteer told beIN Sports: “He has a team around him, Melwood is locked down, you can’t get into it. It’s the hub.

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“No [I wouldn’t be surprised if he walks away]. It wouldn’t surprise me, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. I just think there’s burnout.

“The passion he puts into it, the effort he puts into it, it’s all the time.

“I’ve been on tour with them before, he can’t move. He can’t go out the hotel, he’s meeting potential partners, he’s going to dinners, they’re putting things on, it’s constant.

“The partnership side of the club, when they come in and they want something, they want to get their name out there, who do they put on the front?

“Out of all the players, first it’s [Mohamed] Salah, then it’s Klopp. Before [Roberto] Firmino, before [Virgil] van Dijk, before [Sadio] Mane, it’s Klopp.”

McAteer does raise a fair point. There may come a time before 2024 that Klopp feels there is nothing more to achieve at the club.

He is such a passionate man about his job, which ultimately means that passion would eventually have to start dropping off.

Let’s hope he sees out his contract, as Liverpool could no doubt win plenty more by the time 2024 comes around.

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