Jurgen Klopp hints he wants to take Premier League job

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are the front runners for the Liverpool job
Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are the front runners for the Liverpool job

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has given a broad hint that he wants to take over as Liverpool manager if Brendan Rodgers gets the sack.

Rodgers is under coming under mounting pressure after his side's latest woeful display saw them limp past League Two side Carlisle on a penalty shoot-out in Wednesday night's Capital One Cup tie at Anfield.

The angry social media reaction to Rodgers after the game left the Liverpool owners in little doubt that they are coming under increased pressure to make a change and Klopp's availability may force their hand.

Sky Sports are reporting that Klopp would consider cutting short his sabbatical from the game 'if the right opportunity arose' and he has also confirmed that he is keen to work in England's Premier League.

The recruitment of a coach who led Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final and two Bundlesliga title wins would appear to be a huge improvement on Rodgers, who has yet to win a trophy in his coaching career.

It is also evident that Klopp is eager to test his skills in England, as he has suggested on several previous occasions.

"I think England is the only country I think where I should work, next to Germany," he stated last year. 

"It's the only country I know the language a little bit and I need the language for my work. If somebody will call me, then we will talk about it."

Even though they would need to hand over a hefty sum of cash to pay-off the remainder of Rodgers' lucrative contract, that need for change appears to be pressing as the Liverpool boss as failed to revive his team after a series of setbacks last season.

Rodgers was given a vote of confidence by Liverpool's owners as he changed his backroom staff ahead of this season, but he appears to have run out of credit with the club's supporters as the tide of popular opinion has now turned against him.

Klopp and former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti are the front runners for the Liverpool post if it becomes vacant.


Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) 5/4

Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) 13/8

Steve McClaren (Newcastle) 9/2

Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa) 14/1

Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) 33/1