Jurgen Klopp jokes about rumours Liverpool want to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future remains uncertain after leaving LA Galaxy. 

Personally, we're not buying Zenit St Petersburg's tweet suggesting they are set to be the Swede's next club.

The striker's destination is unclear, however, with the likes of AC Milan, Bologna, and even a shock return to Manchester United having been rumoured. 

The 38-year-old scored 53 goals in his 18 months stateside. 

That suggests he could still do a job somewhere, even if the MLS - by his own frequent admissions - is relatively weak compared to the top European leagues. 

One move that we can say with certainty won't be happening is a surprise transfer to Liverpool. 

Now, the Reds haven't exactly been short of goals this season.

Jurgen Klopp's men sit top of the Premier League, unbeaten and averaging around 2.3 goals per game.

Yet there were unsubstantiated rumours that the pace-setters were going to bring Ibrahimovic back to English football, a suggestion which was put to Klopp himself. 

His response was unsurprisingly tongue-in-cheek. 

"If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him," he told Sportbladet. 

"No, but I'm not even sure he wanted to play here. We're a pretty intense team,' Klopp laughed.

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"With that said, I couldn't have had more respect for Zlatan. I love his whole career, love his efforts, love his confidence.

"While it may not always be right, it is entertaining anyway. He's a fantastic character and I really hope he doesn't stop playing football. The world will miss him too much."

On that front, the Liverpool boss is unlikely to be disappointed. 

Ibrahimovic seemingly has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet. 

As a free agent, he has plenty of time to decide on his next move after conquering the USA. 

While it seems unlikely he'll be returning to any of the Premier League's top six, it would definitely be an interesting prospect to see if he can still make his mark on the top flight. 

He could yet prove that United made a mistake letting him go. 

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