Jurgen Klopp admitted that a lack of energy was the main reason he wants to leave Liverpool, but another report suggests the German is ready to get back to the throes of management next season – but for one club.
Klopp could be ready to return to management after leaving Liverpool this summer – with one particular club in mind.
The 56-year-old is set to leave Anfield at the end of the season having spent nine years in Merseyside. In that time he’s led the Premier League giants to a league title, a sixth Champions League and a host of domestic honours.
Klopp admitted that he’s running out of energy and time away from football is what he needs but, according to journalist Gerard Romero, the German would press pause on his scheduled sabbatical to make a swift return to the dugout for one specific club.
The Spaniard alleged that an opportunity to manage Barcelona is one Klopp may not be able to turn down as he reportedly held conversations with Barcelona president Joan Laporta in the past.
Klopp has managed just three clubs in the career and will no doubt wait for he right moment and club to return to, with Barcelona now a distinct possibility after current boss Xavi Hernandez announced that he’ll be stepping down at the end of the season.
Despite winning La Liga last season, the Spanish giants are eight points behind league leaders Real Madrid as the Barca icon admitted, like Klopp, that his energy levels keep dropping.
“In Barcelona, you always feel like you’re not valued, you’re mistreated – that’s how the club works,” the 44-year-old said.
“From a mental-health level, it’s tough too. I am a positive guy, but the battery levels keep running out – and at some point, you realise there’s no point in staying.”
Wherever Klopp’s next managerial stop is, it certainly won’t be in England as he promised never to coach another team in the country that isn’t Liverpool.
He said: “If you ask me, ‘Will you ever work as a manager again?’ I would say now, no. But I don’t know obviously how that will feel because I never had the situation.
“What I know definitely – I will never, ever manage a different club in England than Liverpool, 100 per cent. That’s not possible.”