It’s fair to say that presently, Jurgen Klopp is the hottest managerial property in world football, with a number of clubs that would be ready to clamour for the German’s signature during this season or the next. After his self-imposed hiatus from Borussia Dortmund, we take a look at some of the best alternatives he has the luxury of choosing from.
Yes, yes, we’ve all heard the rumours, we’ve eagerly lapped up the tabloids’ linking up of these two footballing entities. Would Klopp be the right man for such a club though?
Liverpool have shown they lack the influence and, to some extent, the sheer financial musculature of the Manchester clubs or Chelsea in the transfer window, and with world-class players in short supply for the Scousers, Klopp would have a real challenge in his hands, were he to take over the reins from Brendan Rodgers.
The Merseyside club has been somewhat starved of trophies in the past decade and then some, but if anyone can reignite the once all-pervading flame that was Liverpool, it seems Klopp is one of the best candidates available.
A scenario perhaps so fanciful that few would dare to suggest it; but with Pep Guardiola’s future shrouded in uncertainty, Bayern would look for none but the best to replace him should he move on. Klopp fits the bill, yes, and with the current state of the Bavarians’ squad it seems all but a given that he would further extend the dominance of Bayern over the Bundesliga and indeed, Europe. With his history, this potential appointment would hog the limelight for quite some time should it come to pass, but one must admit, with Klopp’s high-intensity, high-pressing style of play, a match with FC Bayern is a daunting, formidable prospect for any opponent.
At the start of this season Manuel Pellegrini, in a fit of honesty (perhaps a tad more than was needed) admitted his job would be in jeopardy should he fail to add silverware to the Etihad’s trophy cabinet. Given this scenario, and the fact that long-term contract renewals count for about as much as the paper they’re printed on in today’s footballing world, Klopp seems a logical choice as successor. A certain acumen will shortly be required by City in the transfer market, with some key players reaching the age of inevitable decline for athletes. Alternatives to the likes of Yaya Toure will soon be required, either in terms of personnel or a switch in tactics, and with the development of Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comfortably nestling in his CV, Klopp would be a smart pick for the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne to perhaps follow in the same trend.
Following a sparkling 2014-15 campaign with the Scudetto and domestic cup double behind them, Juve are currently languishing in the lower reaches of the Serie A, and look a shadow of their former selves. A mass exodus of personnel over the summer and the ever-looming prospect of talisman Paul Pogba moving on to greener (or rather, blue-and-redder) pastures has not added their cause, so it is little wonder that Massimiliano Allegri at the moment looks a bit devoid of inspiration and ideas. With the recent rise of Italian football and the tantalising fourth Champions’ League spot up for grabs at the expense of th Premier League, the Old Lady of Turin could find in Klopp just the right man to ensure that the belligerence of the Serie A in the face of Spanish and German giants was not just a flash in the pan.
Louis van Gaal is an inscrutable coach at the best of times, but one thing is fairly certain: given his age, United knew he was not a long-term successor to Sir Alex at Old Trafford. Indeed, van Gaal has stressed on his retirement plans hinging largely on extraneous factors, and with the limited progress United finally seem to be showing (albeit in a rather spluttering fashion) under the Dutchman needs to be capitalised upon. Another ill-fated, bad-tempered regime like that of the unfortunate David Moyes’ would lead to yet more money being thrown at papering over the cracks left following the Scot’s departure rather than fixing the problems at grassroot level. Klopp would, in this instance, potentially be the right man to ensure an era of long-term stability at the Theatre of Dreams.