Former Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller has warned that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could leave this summer if Bayern Munich come calling.
Klopp has endured the toughest season yet of his Anfield tenure, since signing up in 2015. The Reds have dropped off considerably from last season’s levels, with a host of reasons to blame. Key injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson have not helped, nor has the lack of fans.
As such, they have gone from sitting top of the Premier League at Christmas to struggling in a top-four race.
Indeed, Saturday’s draw with Newcastle and Chelsea’s win over West Ham put the Blues in the driving seat.
Amid the drop in performance levels, Klopp has faced questions over his future. He has insisted publicly that he will see out his contract until 2024.
However, the furore over the failed European Super League reportedly sparked tensions between him and the club’s Fenway Sports Group owners.
As such, Weidenfeller – who played under Klopp at Dortmund between 2008 and 2015 – has suggested that his former coach could take the opening at Bayern, with Hansi Flick set to depart.
“If the situation arises like this, I don’t know whether he will turn down a second Bayern offer,” the former Dortmund man told Sport1.
“Jurgen was already in conversation with Bayern before he landed in Dortmund.
“It’s the next step for Jurgen, as long as he still wants to be on the pitch every day.”
Klopp has loosely been linked with taking up the Germany national team jobH. owever, Flick looks set to replace Joachim Low in that role.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly on Bayern’s radar, with Spurs also admirers of the German.
Klopp backs Liverpool’s FSG owners
Speaking on Friday, Klopp insisted that he would continue to back his Liverpool superiors, despite the anger over their involvement in the European Super League plans.
He said: “I hope the bond between us and the supporters gets even stronger. Our owners are not bad people – they just made a bad decision, but lets carry on.
“It was really tough at Leeds. We were thrown into it and we had no idea what was going on. We had our own opinion but I would not say we only drew at Leeds because of that.
“We try to concentrate fully on football again.”