Opinion

Three reasons why Jurgen Klopp would be foolish to swap Liverpool for Bayern

The Liverpool manager was linked with the Bayern Munich job over the weekend but he would be foolish to leave Anfield right now

Liverpool on the cusp of something special

Speculation linking Jurgen Klopp with the Bayern Munich job will inevitably cause concern amongst Liverpool supporters. The timing of the reports come as the Reds look to capitalise on a potentially kind run of fixtures ahead of their clash against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve. While they are cheap words after 13 games of the season, Liverpool are possibly on the cusp of something special.

Klopp has managed to get the Merseyside club playing a brand of football that rivals Liverpool at their peak under Brendan Rodgers. If – and it’s big if – Klopp does manage to guide the Reds to their first Premier League title, his status as a Liverpool legend will be secured and the next test will be to rebuild the Merseyside club’s reputation in the Champions League. Klopp has lost two European finals and what better place to end his losing record in Uefa competitions than at the continent’s third most-decorated club.

Bayern-Dortmund rivalry

Of course, his status as Borussia Dortmund cult hero would be left in tatters should Klopp take over the reins of their bitter rivals Bayern Munich. The German coach denied holding talks with the Bundesliga outfit ahead of taking charge of Liverpool back in October 2015. Klopp has previously spoken of his relish at taking over clubs without the vast resources of some of Europe’s powerhouses.

This is certainly the challenge at Liverpool. Klopp would be one of many great managers at Bayern but the charismatic Reds boss would be in exclusive company alongside Bob Paisley, Bill Shankly, Kenny Dalglish and Rafael Benitiez if he could restore Liverpool to the top of English football.

Pitting his wits against the best

Klopp is an ambitious manager so why would he return to Bundesliga where there are a handful of clubs capable of challenging Bayern? The German coach, who earned international recognition for his gegenpress, is currently pitting his wits against some of Europe’s best coaches in the Premier League. If the 49-year-old is to guide Liverpool an elusive title, he will have to get the better of Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger.

Is there a more talented collection of managers in one league in European football? Winning the title in the Premier League would surely leave Klopp with more personal satisfaction rather than coasting to the Bundesliga crown on a perennial basis at Bayern.

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