Jurgen Klopp is twice as likely to leave Liverpool than see out his contract at Anfield, according to fresh reports from Germany.
Publication BILD claims Klopp could walk away from the Reds in the summer of 2022 to manage the Germany national team.
Klopp’s future was called into question following Liverpool’s defeat by Leicester City, as rumours emerged he was considering his future.
Klopp, who is contracted at Liverpool until 2024, quickly rubbished the suggestion.
“Did I get the sack or did I leave by myself? I don’t need a break,” said Klopp.
“Privately, we had a tough time, that was a much longer time already and we always deal with it as a family 100 per cent.”
In response to a banner in support of the Reds boss being unveiled outside Anfield, he added: “I heard about both [the banner and the rumours].
“The banner was nice, I don’t feel that I need special support in this moment but it’s nice. I don’t need a break.
“I am fully of energy, honestly. I see an interesting challenge. We will sort it by playing football, we will sort it together by fighting with all we have. That’s the plan.
“Nobody has to worry about me.
“We do this for the people. I feel the responsibility so much when things don’t go well.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was later asked for his thoughts ahead of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig, and again rubbished the rumours.
He told BT Sport: “I got a few texts about the rumours – as the manager said, it was all a load of rubbish. People can blow things out of proportion.”
And finally Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson, who was rumoured to have had a falling out with goalkeeper Alisson, told Sky Sports: “I don’t look like the boxing type, do I!
“The least [likely] two people to fight in the dressing room are myself and Ali, I think people are sitting at home a bit bored.
“Obviously somebody made up a rumour that the gaffer didn’t come home whereas me and Ali were fighting. I love how I was the one who ended up with the burst lip. I would rather it was the other way about but beggars can’t be choosers!
“The stuff that was getting written was a lot of nonsense. For the players and everyone in the training ground, we just need to block all that out.”
Klopp has openly discussed his future in the press in the past, saying the days of a boss like Sir Alex Ferguson managing for 26 years are long gone.
He has made it clear that he will be passing on the baton at some point in the future.
But he’s also been clear that he wants to see out his contract, which expires in three years.
He first discussed his future in 2019, saying: “I have absolute energy. But I have one problem. I can’t do ‘a little bit’. I can only do ‘all or nothing’.
“When I decide that I cannot do it any longer then I will take a break for a year.”
He revisited this in July 2020, suggesting he’d like to return to Germany.
He said: “Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz,” adding: “four [more] years in Liverpool,” before he’d head home.
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Back in Germany he explained he’d “do nothing for a year,” but would consider going back into management after that. “In five years the world can look very different again.”
A month later Klopp then said: “I’ll take a year off and ask myself if I miss football.
“If I say no, then 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 immediately before the game.”
And finally in September 2020, he said: “When I leave Liverpool, I won’t take a new job the next day. That’s for sure. I will take a one-year break after Liverpool.”