Jurgen Klopp 'on Barcelona's shortlist to replace Ronald Koeman'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ‘on Barcelona’s wish list to replace current boss Ronald Koeman’ with the Dutchman’s future at the club under threat after poor start to the season

  • Ronald Koeman’s job is under huge threat after Barcelona’s torrid start 
  • The board are coming up with names to replace Koeman should they sack him
  • Jurgen Klopp is said to be on their ‘wish list’ after his success at Liverpool 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly on the radar of Barcelona as they look to replace Ronald Koeman.

The current Nou Camp manager has endured a torrid start to the season and their have been reports that the club could look to sack him after Saturday’s tricky trip to Atletico Madrid.

A host of names have already been linked to the job including Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, club legend Xavi, former Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo and River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly on the radar of Barcelona to replace Ronald Koeman

But Spanish outlet El Nacional have reported that Klopp has also been added onto their wish list.

It comes after the German’s highly successful stint at Liverpool in which he has guided them to both the Premier League and Champions League. 

There would be a number of obstacles in the way should they actively try and pursue Klopp who is happy at Liverpool.

Koeman’s position is under some threat after a torrid start to the season with Barcelona

Barcelona fell to their second consecutive 3-0 Champions League defeat against Benfica

The Liverpool boss has previously insisted that he aims to stay at the club until the end of his contract in 2024 – nine years after he was appointed at the club.

Barcelona’s options also seem to be limited due to their financial issues in recent times which led to the departure of Lionel Messi.

Whoever should replace Koeman would have to work on a tight budget in future transfer windows in the pursuit of getting back to the top both domestically and in Europe.    

Koeman did not hold back during a tense press conference on Friday, insisting that he is not ignorant to rumours circulating of his departure from the Nou Camp.

‘The club have said nothing to me,’ Koeman said on Friday via ESPN. ‘I’ve learned that the president was [at the training ground] this morning, but I have not seen him.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is also on the shortlist should Koeman get sacked by the club

‘We’re preparing for Saturday’s game. I can’t say anything. But I have eyes and ears and I know a lot of things have been leaked, which I imagine are true, but no one has said anything to me.’

The Spanish media quizzed the Dutchman on his record at Barcelona, much to the frustration of the boss, who expressed his weariness with such questions. 

‘I’m tired of defending myself,’ he added. ‘It doesn’t make any sense. People who know can analyze it. We have assumed changes in the club. 

‘This is for you, there will be people who think it is disrespectful, But that is not for today. One day I would like to talk about everything I think. That is true.’

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