After winning the Premier League and Champions League, it seems that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could well be open to a new challenge in the shape of the FC Barcelona.
Since his appointment in October 2015, Klopp has transformed the Reds from a struggling side with great potential to one of the best in the world.
He has signed future club legends, such as Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, and brought through academy prospects, most notably Trent Alexander-Arnold, and helped them become world class Premier League players.
But although the former Borussia Dortmund boss looks more than content at Anfield, his contract expires in 2024 and it has been revealed where his next destination could be beyond that point.
According to Sport ES, the German manager was approached by Jordi Farre, Barcelona’s presidential candidate, earlier this year about becoming boss at the Nou Camp, and Klopp’s reply was ‘timidly negative.’
The supposed lack of conviction in the 54-year-old’s response could raise alarm bells at Merseyside, especially as there does not appear to be any contract negotiations going on.
Klopp has not denied that he won’t stay beyond 2024, however, the club spent all their transfer window sorting contract extensions for their most prized assets so it would not have been out of place for the manager to pen paper over the summer.
Although Klopp appears to also be on the shortlist of candidates to take over from under-pressure manager Ronald Koeman at Barca, according to El Nacional, he has no intention of leaving Liverpool and going straight into a new project.
Speaking to RTL, he said: “ It’s nice that I’m asked that again and again. When the contract in Liverpool ends, whatever it will be, I first have to find out what it is like to lead a ‘normal’ life again. A year off. I’ve never had that. But I’m deeply relaxed there .
“When you’re out for a year, it can also be a good thing that maybe no cock crows at me, which is perfectly fine. There are so many good coaches out there.
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“What I do is unbelievable fun; I enjoy it very much. The only problem is that in my job you have no end of the day, no chance to switch off. Do I really have to have that into old age? I don’t know.”
Although the Liverpool faithful are aware that they may have to learn to live without Klopp at the helm, there is no guarantee that he will go into club management after his departure, which could soften the blow.
The German national team are thought to be admirers of Klopp and have approached him previously but been met with the answer of ‘no’. But the deal is not off the table completely.
Having been linked with replacing Joachim Low when he announced he would be giving up his position as manager, Klopp’s agent Marc Kosicke said : “If Jurgen says that so clearly, then he will stand by it. Besides, he’s not finished with his work in Liverpool. Jürgen still has a three-year contract with the Reds. He made this very clear so that there would be no room for speculation.
“Jurgen has always emphasized that in recent years he could be available at some point if the DFB is looking for a coach and he is not looking after a club, since the latter is not the case, that is out of the question now.”
It remains to be seen whether Klopp will leave Liverpool in 2024, and if so, whether he ends up trying to conquer the La Liga or guiding his nation to glory on the greatest stage of all.