Bayern Munich want to have first refusal on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should he ever choose to leave Anfield, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.
The German put pen to paper on a new deal that will theoretically secure his future on Merseyside until 2024, but should anything change, the Bundesliga giants have made it known that they wish to be informed.
Ornstein also suggests that Klopp was the subject of offers from the Chinese League too prior to signing this new contract.
Writing in a piece for The Athletic, he said: “Bayern Munich’s admiration of Klopp is well known — they want to be informed if he ever considers leaving Anfield and money is no object — and he has also been the subject of lucrative offers from China in recent months, but the only approach he listened to was from Liverpool.”
To be fair to Bayern Munich, why wouldn’t they want Klopp? Look at the job he has done on Merseyside, and the manner in which he has transformed Liverpool from Premier League also-rans into out and out European title-holding behemoths. The German has averaged 2.04 points per game during his tenure at Anfield, as per Transfermarkt, and it’s hard to see him dropping much beneath that in the near future. Bayern themselves have slipped from their pedestal a little over in Germany, and if there’s one man you would trust to hoist them back up to the very pinnacle of the German game, it would be Klopp. Does this mean that Liverpool should be worried? Of course not. Klopp is clearly fully committed to the side, and all being well, he could build an empire for his successor if and when he comes to leave.