The only information respected German football journalist Raphael Honigstein has decided to give on the Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool rumours is that he knows of two past approaches – and nothing else.
This is despite some comments on a podcast which led to a flurry of online speculation.
Just to clear up a few misleading tweets: Klopp was approached by LFC twice in the past. Not this summer. (As far as I know)
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) September 18, 2015
Honigstein felt the need to tweet after an article from our friends at This Is Anfield went viral this morning. They sourced his quotes from the Guardian’s football weekly podcast, in which the journalist hinted at a November approach from us for Klopp.
“It’s no secret by now that Liverpool have tried twice to get Klopp to take over,” Honigstein said.
“They didn’t go for him in the summer when he was clearly available, so they stuck with Brendan Rodgers.
“I believe—and I have to say this isn’t backed up by any hard facts—but there’s a sense from talking to one or two people that maybe there’s an opportunity to sit down and discuss things going forward maybe in November.
“I’m not sure if that’s directly related to what Liverpool are doing this season, or maybe it’s for next season, or maybe it’s just exploratory talks.”
Following our consecutive Premier League defeats to West Ham and Manchester United, Rodgers is under huge amounts of pressure, amplified by the fact former Bundesliga winning boss Klopp is out of a job and available.
The draw away to Bordeaux was ‘par’ in many ways, but anything other than victory, preferably with a good performance, against Norwich on Sunday, will turn an already angry set of supporters into a fury.
With four consecutive winnable home games to come, Rodgers has a chance to turn it round. But this could be a defining period of his tenure in charge.