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Report: Germany line up Liverpool boss Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp will be a man in demand for a very long time and a report claims that Germany want him to become their new boss.

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The current Liverpool manager signed a new contract at the Merseyside club in 2019 which runs until 2024 but has openly admitted on several occasions that he doesn’t plan to coach for the next few decades.

Per the report from the Daily Mirror, Klopp, 52, is said to be Germany’s ideal successor to Joachim Low and the former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund manager is keen on making the move to international management when he feels like the time is right to move on from Liverpool.  

He’s previously said he thinks Liverpool will be his last job in the club game and although there’s no indication he will leave the Reds anytime soon, there’s a growing sense that Klopp will be Germany’s main target in the summer of 2022 after Low’s current deal runs out.

Klopp’s previous Liverpool deal was due to run out in 2022 but he extended that by two years in December and is contracted to the Reds until 2024 and there is no break clause or release clause in that deal.

Liverpool have won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup over the last 12 months and currently sit 25 points clear atop the Premier League table with nine games to go as they close in on their first league title in over 30 years.

Klopp’s methods and personality are perhaps better suited to the club game than the international level as his charisma rubs off on his players day-to-day. Liverpool would of course like him to be their Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger, staying at the club for over 20 years, but Klopp has always been very open that he doesn’t plan on doing that.

Low has spent the past 14 years in charge of Germany and led them to the 2014 World Cup title, the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup and the final of the European Championships in 2008. After a rough 2018 World Cup where the defending champs were knocked out in the group stage, Low rebuilt his national team and they breezed throughout qualifying for EURO 2020 which has now been pushed to the summer of 2021. He is still expected to coach Die Mannschaft through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to complete an incredible 16-year spell in charge of the national team.

Klopp would obviously be Germany’s first-choice candidate and if he fancies leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2023, it looks like the stars could be aligning for him to head straight to the national team job. He rose to national prominence in Germany as a TV pundit during the 2006 World Cup and Klopp could well see out his managerial career by leading Germany.

Report: Jurgen Klopp keen on signing Barcelona’s Dembele

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Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are prepared to shell out $100 million to secure the signature of Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

The French winger would arrive at Anfield at a reduced price after falling short of expectations after signing for the Blaugrana in 2017 for nearly $140 million. The 22-year-old has recorded 51 appearances for the Spanish giants throughout his three-year injury-riddled spell.

Despite his recent inactivity – out since February due to surgery – Klopp is highly interested in landing the winger, who he knows from his days with Borussia Dortmund, during the summer transfer window.

Depending on when La Liga restarts following the coronavirus pandemic suspension, Dembele may return to action with Barcelona this season. The winger has five appearances and a goal to his name this season – to say that Dembele is struggling would be an understatement.

With EURO 2020 postponed until next summer and with his recovery process coming to an end, a move to Liverpool seems like a win-win situation for Dembele and Barcelona. Liverpool, on the other hand, will have to wait to see what version of Dembele pulls up at Melwood, if a transfer were to materialize.

VIDEO: Watch ‘Klopp’s Promise’ documentary in full

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“Klopp’s Promise” is essential viewing.

Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool on the verge of winning a first league title in 30 years.

The Reds are so close to the holy grail they can taste it.

Klopp swore he would guide Liverpool to the top-flight title when he arrived at Anfield in 2015 and in the riveting documentary ‘Klopp’s Promise’ which aired across NBCSN this weekend, we detail his journey at Anfield.

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From the early training sessions and defensive struggles to the key players who arrived to help his dream become a reality, Klopp has transformed Liverpool over the last four years.

Click play on the video above to watch the documentary in full as Liverpool’s amazing journey under Klopp has seen them win the UEFA Champions League, reach three other major cup finals and come so close to winning the title last season.

From his fist-pumping and hugging and his inspiring comments in the media to excite fans and gelling a team of players together into an unstoppable unit, it is hard to see how Klopp could have done this any better. The connection he has with Liverpool’s fans is one that will last a lifetime.

Klopp is about to keep his promise.

Klopp reacts to end of Liverpool’s UCL reign

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Liverpool mainstay James Milner and manager Jurgen Klopp faced the camera after Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League run ended at Anfield.

The Reds controlled play for most of a 3-2 extra-time loss to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their UCL Round of 16 tie, but fell apart after an Adrian mistake set up the first of three late goals for Diego Simeone’s side.

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“They got the first goal, took the stuffing out of us and obviously we were chasing the game after that point,” Milner said (full video here via BeIn). “I thought it was a great performance from the start. We created a lot of chances against a very tough team. We probably should’ve taken a few more of them. But obviously 2-0 we had done a good job at that point. It’s the cost of not getting an away goal, really.”

Klopp was ready to put as positive a spin as he could on the loss, and he wasn’t wrong in most of what he proffered the cameras.

The Reds out-attempted Atleti 34-10 and had 71 percent possession, but Jan Oblak made nine saves and Liverpool finished very poorly in what could’ve been a cakewalk.

They fell 4-2 on aggregate.

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“Super proud of the boys because for 95 minutes we played a sensational game,” Klopp said. “Our big mistake was to score the second goal five minutes to late. Clearly better side, dominated a side which is packed with world-class players. They defend in a way that was difficult to break down but we did it constantly. We did it constantly.”

Klopp neglected to blame Adrian for his game-changing error filling in for Alisson Becker, mentioning that the Spaniard had “saved us” plenty of times in the past.

Instead, he turned his attention to how hard Atleti had to work to dethrone the reigning UCL champs.

“I really feel proud and I should be. I told them already they should be really proud. We know in some moments we needed luck or a really good hand like against Napoli. We didn’t have that tonight, but really thank you to everybody tonight for the journey. The crowd tonight, wow. You see what you need to beat us here. You need a lot of luck and some help from us.”

UPDATE: Klopp took some shots at Atleti in separate interviews.

First, he proffered:

“I don’t understand with the quality they have the football they play. They could play proper football but they stand deep and have counter-attacks.”

Then, in his press conference with assembled media later in the evening, he continued.

“I’m an under-average loser,” he said. “If I said all the things I have in my mind, I would look like the worst loser in the world so it’s best I stop here.”

He was then asked to follow up those thoughts. He did.

“The way they play I just don’t get it, but the win is right,” he said. “Don’t lose respect with the questions you ask further because you should know already. If not then you didn’t see the game.”

 

Klopp angry with VAR, Bournemouth goal v. Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool edged past Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday and the German coach was not too happy after the game, despite his team moving 25 points clear atop the Premier League.

One of the big talking points from the game was Callum Wilson‘s opener (see it in the video above) after he went one-on-one with Joe Gomez and shoved the Liverpool defender. Play was waved on and Bournemouth moved down the right and crossed for Wilson who finished to put them ahead.

VAR checked the goal and no foul was given as Wilson’s push on Gomez was deemed to be a fair one and wasn’t a clear and obvious error by the referee. The home fans, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s players were not happy at all with how the game was officiated.

Speaking to BT Sport, here was what Klopp had to say about the situation involving Wilson and Gomez.

“Good, very good performance after a difficult start,” Klopp said. “Those situations, they really don’t help like for the first goal. Obviously from my point of view it is 100 percent a foul. Nothing else. It shows the problem we have as well because the ref doesn’t see it. 100 percent Mike Dean was next to me and was like, ‘have a look, have a look’ and then VAR says it is not clear and obvious because you can maybe say in England an arm like this is allowed. I don’t know how that is possible.”

Klopp praised the fighting spirit from his players to bounce back from that early setback as they secured a 22nd home win in a row to set a new top-flight record as they are now 55 games unbeaten at home at Anfield in the Premier League.

Following a tough few weeks by their very high standards as they lost to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, Watford in the Premier League (to lose their hopes of an unbeaten season) and at Chelsea in the FA Cup, Klopp was very happy with the display from his team.

“We wanted to fight back before the game but then we had to really fight back. We did that. Put them under pressure. Did a lot of good stuff. Had really good situations. Scored wonderful goals. Played really good football,” Klopp said.

With Atletico Madrid at home coming up in the second leg of the UCL last 16 on Wednesday, Liverpool trail 1-0 from the first leg and they have to play better than they did against Bournemouth if they want to continue their journey in Europe and defend their Champions League trophy.