One day, Jürgen Klopp will take a step back from Liverpool. One day, he may even take a step back from coaching football entirely.
And if that day ever does arrive, one of his former clubs say that they are determined to try to bring him back into the fold in some capacity—any capacity.
“We benefit from the fact that Klopp and Thomas Tuchel took their first steps as trainers in Mainz,” Mainz chairman Stefan Hofmann noted this week in Bild. “Klopp in particular, you can always see the connection to our club.
“If he chooses to live in Mainz at some point after his coaching career, I will do everything we can to win him over to the club in some capacity.”
They may have some time to wait, though, with Klopp’s Liverpool contract running through 2024 and the German manager committed to taking at least a year off if he ends his stay at Anfield at that point.
By then, he’ll still only be 57, and one imagines if he still has a passion for the game his year off won’t be the start of a permanent retirement.
Still, when that day comes—if it comes—but he still wants to retain some involvement in the game, it sounds as though he’ll always be able to go home to Mainz to take on a backroom role.