Here’s another persistent rumor, and one that just won’t go away: Jurgen Klopp to Bayern Munich. According to German outlet Bild the Bavarian giants have listed Kloppo along with Thomas Tuchel and Joachim Low on their short-list to replace current caretaker manager Juup Heynckes.
The link is an easy one to make. In Bayern you have the biggest, most accomplished German side, and in Klopp one of the biggest, and one of the most accomplished German managers. The same can be said with Low, and to a lesser extent Tuchel. Bayern would be crazy not to at least consider Klopp in their search.
The question then becomes whether Klopp would want to make the move back to Germany, and moreover to a club like Bayern Munich.
Although it’s impossible to truly understand his motives, dreams, and desires, Klopp’s actions as a football coach so far would seem to indicate that he would be a poor fit for Bayern. He spent 7 years each with Mainz and Dortmund before coming to Liverpool, and is on a long-term deal to keep him on Merseyside for the next 4 and a half years. So far, he has been more attracted to stability and long-term projects, which he will almost certainly not get at the world’s biggest clubs. The recent revelations that he apparently turned down an opportunity to manage Manchester United seems to confirm this hesitation to signing on with these mega clubs.
This isn’t a rumor that is likely to go away any time soon, but it shouldn’t worry us too much. If anything, we should be flattered that one of the biggest clubs in the world wants our manager.