Head bowed, voice lowered, stroking his legs… Expert reveals what Jurgen Klopp’s body language tells us during the Liverpool manager’s bombshell interview

Jurgen Klopp resembles a ‘very tired and burned out man’ with the toll of nine years managing Liverpool ‘leaving him a choice between his health or his job,’ according to a body language expert.

The German, 56, stunned the world of football by announcing he will leave Anfield at the end of the season in a video released on Friday morning.

Klopp admitted he was ‘running out of energy’ and said he ‘cannot do the job again and again and again and again’ as he rebuilds his team into a force once more.

Darren Stanton, a leading body language expert, said: ‘Klopp looks like a very tired and burned out man.

‘His voice was lower in tone, volume and pitch, which shows someone that is tired, not just physically, but mentally.

Jurgen Klopp stunned the football world on Friday morning by announcing he would be stepping down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season

A body language expert has suggested Klopp looked a 'very tired and burned out' man

A body language expert has suggested Klopp looked a ‘very tired and burned out’ man

Darren Stanton noticed how Klopp's voice was lower in tone and volume than usual

Darren Stanton noticed how Klopp’s voice was lower in tone and volume than usual 

‘It will take him many months for him to re-find his strength and his time at Liverpool has taken its toll on him.

‘It’s come to a point where he has to decide between his health or his job.’

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Stanton believes the way Klopp presented himself on the video interview released by Liverpool’s social media channels showed a man who’d reluctantly realised his time at the club was drawing to a close.

‘There were no signs that he was under any external pressure, so his body language tells me that the decision is entirely his,’ Stanton told MegaDice.com.

‘Klopp’s non-verbal communication was in line with what he was saying, which tells us everything that Klopp said was the truth. 

‘The sad micro-expressions we see on his face, head-bowed and mouth-dropped, are all consistent with what he is saying. 

‘It’s a combination of real sadness and disappointment that he has no other option to leave.

‘He strokes his own legs a lot, which is a gesture of self-reassurance, like giving himself a hug to say ‘this is the right thing to do’. 

‘He showed a lot of courage to present himself in the open during the video, showing his full body and not sat behind a desk or something – this shows there is a lot of honesty in what he says.’

Klopp suggested in his comments he may quit management altogether but Stanton suggests he will return after a break from football. 

Klopp grips the side of his chair while breaking the news of his departure from Liverpool

Klopp grips the side of his chair while breaking the news of his departure from Liverpool

Klopp has turned Liverpool into a European powerhouse over the last decade, winning seven trophies - including the Champions League in 2019

Klopp has turned Liverpool into a European powerhouse over the last decade, winning seven trophies – including the Champions League in 2019 

He added: ‘I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of him in management and he may well be back after a year away from the game, from what I can see from his current body language and observing him recently. 

Body language expert Darren Stanton analysed Klopp's bombshell interview

Body language expert Darren Stanton analysed Klopp’s bombshell interview

‘He’s too emotional and he can’t turn off his feelings towards football, he won’t be able to keep his head down for too long.’

In the bombshell interview, the 56-year-old German boss claimed he is ‘running out of energy’ after winning the Premier League, Champions League, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup across nine years at Anfield – and hinted that he may never manage in football ever again.

‘I will leave the club at the end of the season,’ he said. ‘I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or at least try to explain it.

‘It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. 

‘I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.’

JURGEN KLOPP FULL STATEMENT 

I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or at least try to explain it.

I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.

It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.

After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth.

I told the club already in November. I have to explain a little bit that maybe the job I do people see from the outside, I’m on the touchline and in training sessions and stuff like this, but the majority of all the things happen around these kind of things. That means a season starts and you plan pretty much the next season already.

When we sat there together talking about potential signings, the next summer camp and can we go wherever, the thought came up, ‘I am not sure I am here then anymore’ and I was surprised myself by that. I obviously start thinking about it.

It didn’t start [then], but of course last season was kind of a super-difficult season and there were moments when at other clubs probably the decision would have been, ‘Come on, thank you very much for everything but probably we should split here, or end it here.’ That didn’t happen here, obviously.

For me it was super, super, super-important that I can help to bring this team back onto the rails. It was all I was thinking about. 

When I realised pretty early that happened, it’s a really good team with massive potential and a super age group, super characters and all that, then I could start thinking about myself again and that was the outcome. It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100 per cent right.

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