There was something genuinely refreshing about Jurgen Klopp’s emotional send-off following his final game in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Rather than dwell on a relatively unsuccessful season, which included a brief flirtation with relegation and a seventh place finish in the Bundesliga, the fans instead gathered to celebrate Klopp’s achievements in turning an administration threatened football club into a title winning powerhouse of the European game. With two league titles, a famous league and cup double and a Champions League title to his name, Klopp deserved a lavish and memorable goodbye.
Where next for Jurgen Klopp?
The season could well get better for Klopp, with the German Cup Final showdown with Champions League bound Vfl Wolfsburg now less than a week away. Not only would victory represent the perfect finale to Klopp’s time in charge in Dortmund, but it would also add another string to the manager’s bow as he seeks out the next chapter of his career. There are already a number of potential suitors, although media reports seem to suggest that he is most likely to enter the English Premier League in time for next season. This is exciting news for spectators, who are likely to enjoy Klopp’s charismatic manner and attacking brand of football. He is unlikely to consider anything other than a top job, however, where he will be able to pursue honours and Champions League football. This means that Manchester City and Liverpool would serve as Klopp’s most suitable destinations, even though both clubs have yet to confirm the futures of current incumbents Manuel Pellegrini and Brendan Rodgers respectively. The Manchester City board would certainly be concerned at the club’s failure to defend their league title, while Liverpool’s season has descended into chaos amid poor form, the departure of Steven Gerrard, and the ongoing contract controversy surrounding Raheem Sterling.
The Last Word
With City likely to retain the services of Pellegrini for at least another season, Liverpool would seem to be Klopp’s most likely destination. The level of negative momentum facing Rodgers has reached almost untenable levels, with last week’s disastrous 6-1 capitulation at Stoke capping a season that has seen numerous contract controversies and a failure to successfully reinvest the money acquired by selling Luis Suarez. The availability of an iconic coach such as Klopp may tip the balance further, and force the board to call time on Rodgers Anfield career just 12 months after he came within two point of winning the Premier League table.