Jurgen Klopp has privately told friends that he is open to the idea of managing Liverpool, as the pressure heats up on current Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers.
Losing to both Crystal Palace and Stoke City, the latter by a 6-1 scoreline, during the last two games of the Premier League campaign won’t have done Rodgers any favours as he seeks to convince the board that he is still the right man to take the club forward.
The season previous the Northern Irishman had navigated Liverpool to a second-place finish, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard all shining along the way.
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This year though the Merseysiders have had to settle for sixth, and with Suarez already sold to Barcelona, Sterling looking likely to leave as well, Sturridge having been ineffective this term through injury - admittedly no fault of Rodgers’ - and Gerrard MLS bound, questions are being asked.
Those queries also happen to coincide with the fact that Klopp won’t be managing Borussia Dortmund anymore, having confirmed earlier on this year that this season will be his last. The German boss has long been coveted in the Premier League by the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal and this summer will present the Reds with the perfect opportunity to land him.
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As of yet Klopp hasn’t offered his allegiance to any new club, leaving the door open for him to potentially replace Rodgers if the Liverpool board think it the right time.
The 47-year-old speaks fluent English, is reportedly intrigued by the idea of taking over at Anfield - per the Daily Mirror - and, with Rafael Benitez looking likely to take the vacant Real Madrid position, the Reds won’t have any obvious competition. That said sacking Rodgers would still be a huge call.
Footballing purists would much rather see the former Swansea City man given another bite at the cherry rather than axed after one mediocre campaign. Losing a player of Suarez’s influence wouldn’t have been easy for any manager to deal with and by and large Rodgers has plenty of backing with regards to the club’s supporters.
That said if Liverpool stall now they could miss the chance to land Klopp for another lengthy spell, and with Carlo Ancelotti set to be missing from the game as he takes a year out to cope with spinal surgery there might not be any viable options should Rodgers fail to turn things around during the early stages of next season.
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