By Daniel Buse
Jurgen Klopp has always been good for a soundbite. And so it was no surprise that, when extending his deal with the club until 2018 on Wednesday, he came up with a good one, even by his standards. "We are all a bit in love with this club and the way things are run here," he said, referring to himself and his assistants. But he may well have been talking about Borussia Dortmund's officials, fans and the city.
Offering Klopp a new deal was the only logical thing to do, even if his existing arrangement lasted until 2016. Why would Dortmund seek a new coach? When the 46-year-old took over, the club was fresh from a brush with bankruptcy and sinking into mid-table mediocrity.
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The club who had boasted Andreas Moller, Matthias Sammer and Jurgen Kohler during their glory years a decade before had the likes of Markus Brzenska, Marc-Andre Kruska and Florian Kringe gracing the pitch.
Then came Klopp. Upon arriving in 2008 from Mainz, he quickly brought with him Neven Subotic and installed youngsters Marcel Schmelzer and Nuri Sahin into the first team. All three would become essential stones in the mosaic that would take Germany by storm a few years later.
They gradually began on an upward spiral. In his first season, BVB finished sixth. A year later, they went one better and finished fifth. Then, Dortmund were ready to explode. Out of nowhere, they stormed to the Bundesliga title, finishing a full 10 points clear of Bayern Munich, whom they beat twice. After nine long years, the shield was back in the Ruhr.
Even greater success followed. In 2012, they secured an historic double, retaining the title and thrashing Bayern Munich 5-2 in the DFB-Pokal final and though they were unable to repeat their success last term, they finally announced themselves in Europe, finishing as runners-up in the Champions League.
The run to Wembley proved to be a lucrative one. Dortmund are now as rich as they have ever been, to match their sporting development under Klopp. Their unique style of fast-paced football has won them fans across the continent and Klopp's frequent catharsis has made him something of a cult figure.
So why would they go their separate ways as soon as 2016 and have to rebuild with a different coach?
Of course, like every love affair, Klopp and BVB's relationship might become stale. But that would detract from his work. Just nine years ago, Dortmund were nowhere, standing on the brink of liquidation and memories of past glories were looked upon wistfully, with little hope of a return to the glory days.
What about from the coach's perspective? All of his suitors - Manchester United, Real Madrid and Arsenal reported to be among them - must form a long queue. They will have to wait a while to prise him away from Signal Iduna Park.
His farewell from Dortmund may be a long way off yet. The coach seems to have unfinished business with the Ruhr giants and there are goals he has yet to reach. His echte liebe with BVB will go on for a long time yet.