Jurgen Klopp’s intriguing Philippe Coutinho comments as he speaks with Barcelona


It was always going to happen at some point. Barcelona – or someone related to the club – were going to set the wheels in motion to make a bold move for Jurgen Klopp.

Barcelona are a club in free fall, which was perfectly illustrated by their recent loss to Bayern Munich, while Liverpool are a team on the rise.

Under Klopp, the Reds have become the best team on the planet and, at the time of writing, hold both the Premier League and the Champions League.

Barcelona recently sacked Quique Setien, with technical director Eric Abidal thrown in the proverbial trash with him.

Ronald Koeman was then given the unenviable task of turning the sinking ship around, but time is already running out for his reign.

Jurgen Klopp gave Philippe Coutinho some great advice in 2017

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More movement is expected in Barcelona and president Josep Maria Bartomeu is expected to step down.

A number of names have been linked to his work, including Jordi Farre, who has apparently already worked things out when it comes to Mission: Get Klopp.

Farre recently told Diario Sport: “If Koeman works and does well, of course he will.

“Obviously, we have our roadmap and we had already started several conversations with Jurgen Klopp, because it seems to us that Barca need such a coach.

“It’s an exceptional moment and Koeman is a good solution given that he is a Barcelona legend, a benchmark.

Klopp reportedly held talks with Barcelona

“Because of his character, I think that was what the club needed now. I wish him the best because the challenge is enormous. ”

Barcelona would of course offer Klopp a huge financial incentive to accept the managerial post, and it cannot be denied that the Catalan giants are an attractive proposition.

But the chances of Klopp leaving Liverpool in this current market seem very, very slim.

Klopp has been unusually open about his plans for the future in recent months, telling SWR Sport in July that he plans to return to Germany in the next few years.

“Certainly to live, after my career. Most likely even in Mainz, ”Klopp said. When asked how long he will stay at Anfield, he replied: “Four years at Liverpool”.

Ronald Koeman is Barcelona’s new boss

This month, he doubled his request.

In an interview with German publication SportBuzzer, Klopp said: “I’m going to take a year off and wonder if I miss football. If I say no, that will be the end of coach Jurgen Klopp.

“If one day I am no longer a coach, there is one thing I will not miss: the brutal tension just before the game. ”

In both interviews, Klopp admits to having an eye on Liverpool’s departure. But, above all, in both interviews, he confirms his plans to see his contract.

In 2019, the German signed a new deal with Anfield club, which will see him remain Liverpool boss at least until 2024.

Klopp won a Premier League title with Liverpool

This suggests he will stay as Liverpool boss for at least four years.

Moreover, looking at the advice Klopp gave Philippe Coutinho ahead of his failed move to Barcelona, ​​further clues about the German’s plans emerge.

Unlike Coutinho, who was keen to play at Camp Nou, Klopp was able to take a step back and consider the Brazilian’s whole situation.

The former Mainz and Dortmund boss suggested to Coutinho that loyalty doesn’t work the same at other clubs as it does at Liverpool.

He told Coutinho in May 2017: “Stay here and they will eventually build a statue in your honor. Go elsewhere, to Barcelona, ​​to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be anything. more. “

Coutinho chose not to take Klopp’s advice

Given that opinion and Klopp’s insistence on seeing his deal, the German would heed his own advice and stay with the club he is respected at.

At Liverpool, he is the man who brought the club a very first Premier League title.

In Barcelona, ​​he would leave, and at a time when the club is on its knees.

Finally, Klopp’s comments about Liverpool when signing his new contract in 2019 should allay any lingering concerns that he might leave for Barcelona.

“This club is in such a great location, I couldn’t consider leaving,” Klopp said.

Klopp poses with his LMA Manager of the Year trophy

“For me personally, this is a statement of intent, based on my knowledge of what we have accomplished as a partnership so far and what we still have to accomplish.

“When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues, I feel that my contribution can only grow.

“People see what is happening on the ground as a measure of our progress and while it is the best measure, it is not the only measure.

“I have seen the commitment of ownership to every aspect and function of the club that you can think of.

Barcelona struggle on and off the pitch

“When the call came in the fall of 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel like I underestimated this.

“It is only with the total conviction that the collaboration remains fully complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment for 2024. If I did not do it, I would not sign again. ”

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