Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he isn’t interested in managing a club already near the apex of its potential.
Instead, he wants a little more of a challenge.
Klopp, currently without a job, said while attending the Radio Exhibition in Berlin, “I’m really very relaxed – but only because I know that is how it goes sometime. I’ll be back to train a team. It must be somewhere in the world that is not an absolute top club, there are other good projects that are exciting who need help.”
Liverpool has been heavily linked with Klopp given the recent struggles of Brendan Rodgers after initial success, and that club could be an intriguing target for the German manager should the position become available.
Project jobs are nothing new to Klopp. The 48-year-old began his managerial career at FSV Mains 05, whom he led to its first-ever promotion into the German top flight. He joined Borussia Dortmund in 2008 and took them from a 13th placed club the previous year to improvement in three consecutive seasons, culminating in a pair of Bundesliga titles and an appearance in the Champions League final.
However, Dortmund took a massive step back in the 2014-15 season, finding itself in the relegation zone for much of the first half and eventually recovering to finish 7th, but he decided to leave the club at the end of the season.