Aston Villa's Premier League rivals announce major departure

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Jurgen Klopp will be leaving Aston Villa's rivals Liverpool at the end of this season, as announced by the Reds' official club website.

The German boss, 56, has decided to step away from management later this year to take a break.

He has 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.

“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."

Klopp took over Liverpool in 2015 and has since won 60.7% of his 466 matches in charge of the Merseyside outfit in all competitions.

He has won the league title, Carabao Cup and FA Cup once, as well as the Champions League.

Prior to his move to England, the Stuttgart-born man started his managerial career at Mainz, which is where he spent the majority of his playing days.

Klopp then landed the Borussia Dortmund job in 2008 and spent seven years in charge of the Bundesliga giants before heading to Liverpool.

The Reds are currently five points above Aston Villa in the table right now. They next play eachother on 11th May which will be Klopp's penultimate league match.

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