Things haven’t been going well at Liverpool over the past six weeks or so for Jürgen Klopp, with his side’s struggles to score despite often dominant play combining with their often shaky defending and adding up to a run of underwhelming results.
And if that bad run were to all become a little much—for the fans, the club, or Klopp himself—well, there might just be a job at Bayern Munich waiting for him. At least according to former German international centre half Christoph Metzelder.
The former defender and current German pundit has put forward Klopp as the ideal man to replace the departed Carlo Ancelotti, favouring him over the likes of Louis van Gaal, Joachim Löw, and Luis Enrique—all names so far believed to be on the Bayern shortlist.
“He is a top man-manager and could make the complex power relationship work wonderfully,” he told Sky Germany. “Nagelsmann is an outstanding coach but Bayern is, of course, a different size. From my point of view, Jurgen Klopp would be ready.”
Metzelder spent seven seasons at Borussia Dortmund, Klopp’s former club, but left the summer Klopp arrived there. He also spent time at Real Madrid and Schalke towards the end of his career. That likely adds up to a pundit offering no more than opinion.
As yet, there is no suggestion Bayern have Klopp on any shortlist, though it’s likely his name will have come up given he’s widely one of the top managers in the world of football. There would be doubts, though, as to whether he would make the switch.
Having spent much of his coaching career at rivals Dortmund, watching Bayern poach his players, making the move to Bayern would be seen by many fans of his old club as a betrayal, and it seems likely Klopp would like to avoid that.