Jürgen Klopp was named Liverpool's manager last fall, but it remains hard to grasp the magnitude of his appointment given the rollercoaster ride of the five years before him.
His clear vision -- from rejuvenating the fanbase to implementing a gegenpressing tactical system to increasing squad fitness -- has already helped push the club forward. Not even a year into his tenure, he's led the Reds to two finals and is midway through an impressive summer transfer window.
Given the early returns, Liverpool's ownership have decided to lock up Klopp long term, rewarding him with a six year contract extension.
"We believe it benefits the organization to have Jürgen committed to Liverpool for a sustained period, to make sure he is here to oversee this development," the club said in a statement. "To not do so would be irresponsible."
Senior staff members Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz also had their contracts lengthened, according to the club.
Klopp, who said he was excited about the "commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general," acknowledged that there is still plenty of work ahead.
"We are very much at the beginning of our journey," the manager said. "But to already have the connection we have with this very special place is incredible."
"There is much to do and much to achieve and we look to do this by being the most completely together group anywhere in the world," added Klopp, who has made unity one of his main talking points in his time with Liverpool. "By being together at all times, we will be stronger, better and our successes sweeter."
Klopp's quotes emphasize how cool of a guy he is and how much of a breath of fresh air he provides in modern football. The club is lucky to have someone like him around for six more years.