The agent of rumoured Liverpool managerial target Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his client’s desire to move to the Premier League, but only after he has enjoyed a break from the game to recharge and refresh.
Klopp has spent the last seven years with Borussia Dortmund, winning two Bundesliga titles and reaching the Champions League final, but resigned shortly before the end of last season.
This increased speculation of him possibly moving to Anfield, where the pressure was growing on our current boss, Brendan Rodgers. However, as the Liverpool Echo explains, Klopp later ruled out a move while Rodgers was given a vote of confidence from our owners during the end of season review.
Nonetheless, Marc Kosicke has stated that Klopp would be interested in a move to the Premier League in the future and would not be restricted to a top four club.
Speaking about Klopp’s future this week, his agent said in quotes taken by the Echo: “The Premier League is very exciting, and we do not only think about the top four because there are some other great clubs below them. But I am not sure the profile of the job could work.
Kosicke also confirmed that Klopp would be willing to work alongside a sporting director, something which the Echo believe FSG are in favour of.
“In Germany there is a clear separation between manager and sporting director and I think in principle this is very good,” he said. “Jurgen does not like to speak to players’ agents or to carry out a transfer. So we have to see which is the most useful arrangement.”
Brendan Rodgers rejected the concept, which resulted in the birth of the transfer committee which we have been regularly bemoaning over the last couple of years.
It has been suggested that this system could soon be changed but the full ramifications of the meeting between Rodgers and our owners has yet to become apparent (via The Telegraph).
One thing that is for certain is that Rodgers must start next season strongly if he’s to keep the owners onside. If he continues to struggle then it appears the perfect candidate to replace him is waiting in the wings.
“It is always all about the challenge,” Kosicke added. “When Jurgen signed for Dortmund there were other clubs who had better prestige and were in better financial mood at this time. Nevertheless he decided for Dortmund.
“He has the great ability to develop things. If he goes into a stadium, feels the energy and thinks that he can make a difference here, this could be more attractive to him than going with the big deals and aim for the treble.”