Jamie Carragher couldn’t resist winding up his fellow Liverpool supporters on Twitter ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s first press conference this morning.
The former Reds defender hinted that he would be returning to Anfield as a coach, following Klopp’s arrival, tweeting: “Great appointment from Lfc in getting Jurgen Klopp to Anfield. Can't wait to start working with him.”
But six minutes later, with thousands of Liverpool fans speculating that Carragher was about to leave his job at Sky Sports in order to become Klopp’s assistant, the light-hearted Liverpudlian revealed what he really meant.
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George Revell asked the former England international in what capacity he would be working with Klopp, and Carragher responded: “MNF of course! He looks the type who will come live into the studio!!”
So, there we have it. Carragher is not about to become Klopp’s number two at Anfield.
Leaving Sky would have been too risky
That, however, comes as no great surprise. Even if Klopp has approached the retired centre-back, it would have been a tough decision to leave his well-paid job at Sky, where he has established his status as one of the wittiest pundits on television.
His partnership with former Manchester United captain Gary Neville on MNF has been a roaring success over the past couple of years.
Carragher has seen how quickly managers and coaches can go from hero to zero in vice-versa - and there’s no guarantees that Klopp will succeed at Anfield.
Giving up his comfortable job at Sky and risking everything by going back to Liverpool would have been too big a gamble for the 37-year-old.
He will surely return to Anfield one day in the future - either as manager, or as a coach - but now obviously wasn’t the right time.
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