German tabloid Bild reported earlier this week at that Jurgen Klopp would take a sabbatical from management after he leaves Borussia Dortmund.
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The paper now appears to have rowed back on that prospect. On Wednesday they claimed that if Liverpool were to offer him the job, Klopp would be open to the opportunity. They also listed some of the factors which could entice the 47-year-old to Anfield, including the fans, that he already has a decent level of English and the chance to build his own team given that players such as Steven Gerrard and, probably, Mario Balotelli are leaving.
Bild's claims are backed up by what German journalist Raphael Honigstein said on Tuesday's Guardian Football Weekly. Honigstein received a text message from Klopp's agent while recording the podcast. It turns out the paper had misinterpreted Klopp.
Asked if it would definitely be six months out for his client, the agent texted back:
He said it might be, Bild said he definitely would be. We will see ;-)
Yes, that is a winking smiley face. Possibly a 'if the right job became available' winking smiley face.
Earlier in the show, Honigstein intimated that Klopp would be interested in the Liverpool job. This is not a new suggestion from him either. Just last month, he told Talksport that "It would be very hard for Jurgen Klopp to turn Liverpool down."
The 6-1 defeat to Stoke on Sunday was pretty much the final nail in Brendan Rodgers' coffin for most Liverpool fans but reports suggest the club's owners do not feel the same way. But if Klopp really is an option then surely they should jump at the prospect.