Liverpool manager latest: Merseysiders in talks with Jurgen Klopp
EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Liverpool are in talks with Jurgen Klopp about the vacant manager’s position at the club, Football Insider sources understand.
Klopp is the favourite to succeed Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked by the Merseysiders on Sunday following the team’s 1-1 draw against Everton.
Liverpool are also interested in Carlo Ancelotti but the Italian is not convinced by the team’s trophy-winning potential.
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The Merseysiders announced at 6.30pm today that Rodgers had been dismissed, which brings to an end his three-year tenure at Anfield.
Liverpool are understood to be keen for the new manager to be in place for their next match against Tottenham on 17 October.
In a statement today, the club revealed: “The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a timely and decisive manner”.
Football Insider revealed on Thursday that Liverpool had already made an approach for Klopp as they began working through a shortlist of candidates to replace Rodgers.
Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti, who are both on sabbaticals after leaving Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively at the end of last season, head the Merseysiders’ list of targets.
Klopp has been advised to keep a close eye on Liverpool’s matches as he prepares for a return to management following a five-month break.
The former 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 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. He is also likely to be targeted by Bayern Munich if Pep Guardiola does not extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
American-owned Liverpool 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.
He is deemed to be a more realistic target to be the next Liverpool manager than Ancelotti, who is understood to be keen to manage a team with immediate trophy-winning potential.
Speaking at a recent 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 12 points from their opening eight Premier League matches and failing to convince that they have made an improvements from last season, when they finished sixth and eight points adrift of a Champions League position.
The nature of the recent defeats to West Ham and Manchester United re-opened the wounds of last season and put further pressure on Rodgers.