The possibility of former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp taking over at Liverpool has been ruled out after the German stated that he would be taking a short break from the game. Klopp has become one of the most sought-after managers since his departure from Dortmund was confirmed a few months ago. Even though he does not leave on a high, the 47-year-old has shown in the last seven seasons why he is regarded as one of the best in the business.
Speaking after the exit from the German club, Klopp said:
“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.”
He is widely known for making stars out of players like Robert Lewandowski, who were relatively unknown prior to their move to Dortmund.
Despite being on a shoestring budget, Klopp not only managed to take the club beyond Bayern Munich and win the German Bundesliga title twice, but he also reached the Champions League final with the same Dortmund outfit. Even though they lost the final against archrivals Bayern, the last seven years are seen as the most glorious in Dortmund’s history and it is largely because of one person. Klopp has a style of football that is similar to the likes used by Brendan Rodgers and this has been a major factor in Klopp being linked with a move to Liverpool.
He has been seen as the perfect replacement for Rodgers, who has failed to deliver even a single title in three years in charge of the club. There has been one spectacular campaign from the Reds during this period, but two seasons of mediocrity have taken the shine off the club. Rodgers said after the 6-1 defeat against Stoke City on the final day of the campaign that he would leave the club if sacked by the owners.
Klopp’s decision to take a break, though, is likely to influence John Henry’s decision at the coming end of season review in North America. Other managers like Carlo Ancelotti are available but it is looking highly likely that the Italian will rejoin AC Milan and not return to the Premier League.