Sunday 18 March 2018

Jurgen Klopp tells reporter asking about Liverpool deal that 'it's not a definite yes or no'

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Mark Critchley

Jurgen Klopp is remaining tight-lipped about the prospect of becoming the new Liverpool manager.

The 48-year-old German coach is the favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers, who was dismissed from the post on Sunday.

The two parties have made contact and talks are said to be progressing, with the club hopeful that the former Borussia Dortmund manager's arrival will be confirmed before the weekend.

However, when questioned by a reporter from German newspaper Bild on Monday about his potential move to Anfield, Klopp remained coy.

"There's nothing to say. Neither a definite yes nor a definite no. I'm going home now," Klopp said before laughing and walking away.

Klopp built his reputation during his time at the Westfalenstadion, where he won two Bundesligas and led his side to the 2013 Champions League final, playing quick, counter-attacking football with a squad of talented but not yet established players.

His credentials fit well with the business model of Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group and, despite initially favouring Carlo Ancelotti for the role, it is believed that Klopp has

Steffan Effenberg, a friend of Klopp's and a former German international, believes that he has been attracted to Liverpool because of the enormity of the task at hand.

“When you come to a team and everything is 100-per cent it’s not a challenge for a coach,” he said.

“This would be a challenge for Jürgen Klopp: to build a new team and to create something new."

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