EXCLUSIVE | By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias
Jurgen Klopp has been advised to keep a close eye on Liverpool’s matches as he prepares for a return to management, Football Insider sources understand.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager was targeted by the Merseysiders at the end of last season but chose to take a sabbatical from the game and Liverpool stuck with Brendan Rodgers.
Klopp is keeping his options open about his future plans and sources have told Football Insider that his representatives have told him to closely monitor Liverpool among a number of teams during his break.
The Merseysiders approached Klopp in May to assess his interest in the Anfield position but were told he wanted to take a six-month break following the end of his seven-year Dortmund reign.
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Speaking at a recent radio exhibition in Berlin, the 48-year-old said he was not missing management but admitted that it would be only a matter of time before he was back in club football.
“I’ll be back to train a team,” Klopp said: “I miss currently nothing. I inform, read, meet a lot of people – there are ordinary little things that make great fun.”
Asked about his possible next destination, Klopp suggested it would be “not an absolute top club, there are other good projects that are exciting who need help.”
Klopp’s agent Marc Kosicke has said that a number of Premier League clubs are of interest to the German, who steered Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final. “We do not only think about the top four because there are some other great clubs below them. It is always all about the challenge.”
Liverpool have had a mixed start to the new season, accumulating eight points from their opening six Premier League matches and just a single point from their last three fixtures.
The nature of the defeats to West Ham and Manchester United, and the club’s haul of just four league goals, has re-opened the wounds of last season and put further pressure on Rodgers.
Although there is no suggestion at this stage that the northern Irishman’s position is under threat, the Klopp Liverpool bandwagon will gather momentum if there is little sign of improvement at Anfield.
The likelihood is that the German will be available to return to club management from around November onwards.