If these quotes from Jurgen Klopp don’t confirm that he won’t be joining Liverpool this summer, we don’t know what ones will…
“After seven intense and emotional years, I think it’s a good idea to let the numerous memories settle in before I take on a new challenge with my coaching team, refreshed and fully motivated,” the former Borussia Dortmund manager said in a statement, reported here by ITV football.
“I’m going to take a break until further notice.”
Klopp led Dortmund successfully for seven years, winning two Bundesliga titles and reaching a Champions League final – but following a poor domestic season this time around, he thought it best to quit while he was ahead.
German publication Bild (via Daily Star) had claimed that Klopp would say ‘yes’ if Liverpool approached him this summer, but his comments indicate that this article was probably fabricated.
The other top available manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is also taking a break from football (via the Mirror), so it appears that if Liverpool are keen on sacking Brendan Rodgers this summer, the potential replacements are running out.
The Sunday Times confirmed that we’re looking for alternative options should they see a manager as an upgrade on the Northern Irishman – but with Klopp and Ancelotti preferring sabbaticals – Rodgers may keep his job yet.