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Jurgen Klopp shuts down Bayern Munich charm offensive

By Ben Green

Published: 17:34, 4 June 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down a move to Bayern Munich after Franz Beckenbauer expressed an eagerness to one day see his German compatriot in the Bavarian dugout.

Klopp masterminded a sixth European Cup for the Reds on Saturday after overseeing a 2-0 win in the Champions League final over Tottenham Hotspur.

Could Klopp join Bayern? Five key things to know…

  1. Klopp guided Liverpool to a sixth Champions League trophy at the weekend.
  2. Germany and Bayern legend Beckenbauer recently urged Klopp to join the Bundesliga giants one day.
  3. Klopp currently has a contract until 2022 but the club’s owners have already revealed they are keen to pen fresh terms.
  4. Bayern’s current manager Niko Kovac is under pressure having failed to succeed in European competition.
  5. However, Klopp has now batted away speculation, committing his immediate future to Liverpool.

Meanwhile Bayern Munich suffered defeat to Liverpool in the Round of 16, increasing the pressure on Niko Kovac, though chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has since reassured the Berlin-born tactician his job is safe for now.

However, should results in Europe not pick up next term Kovac could find himself out of work, and honorary president Beckenbauer would no doubt want to see Klopp succeed the 47-year-old.

“I want nothing more than to see Klopp come to Bayern one day, it would be a good fit,” Beckenbauer told German newspaper Bild.

“Jurgen brought a new type of football to Germany… what he began in Dortmund, he has refined in Liverpool.”

Klopp has since responded to Beckenbauer’s comments, admitting he is flattered by the complimentary statements, but reiterated his commitment to his current employers.

“I like Franz [Beckenbauer] – and he likes me, but I have a long-term contract at Liverpool,” Klopp told Bild. “I would rather he said that than him saying and thinking that I cannot be Bayern manager.

“However, both Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have very good coaches. And what could be in five years or more, I do not know.

“Maybe there will be completely different coaches that qualify.”

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“England robs you of energy” – Beckenbauer 

The former World Cup winning manager went on to suggest it would make no sense for Klopp to continue plying his trade on English soil because the Premier League requires so much strain.

The 73-year-old questioned why the German’s long-term aspirations would be to manage in a country with two cup competitions and a bigger league than the Bundesliga.

He added: “I think that a job in England robs you of energy. As a manager in the Premier League, you have more responsibility than as a coach in the Bundesliga.

“With the two cup competitions and the slightly larger league, the amount of games is considerably higher than it is in Germany.”