Newcastle United are reportedly of interest to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, sparking speculation that the German could open to a move to St James’ Park.
What’s the word?
That’s according to Football Insider, who claimed that the German is currently “obsessed” with the developments at St James’ Park, having been said to be enquiring about the Magpies’ transfer dealings and behind-the-scenes activities.
That interest has led to a belief that the 55-year-old could well be keen on taking on the job at the northeast side when he does eventually move on from Anfield, having previously admitted that it is almost impossible to compete with the uber-rich Tynesiders, as well as the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
The report adds that despite the former Borussia Dortmund boss having only recently signed a new contract extension with the Reds – taking his deal to the summer of 2026 – there is growing uncertainty over his position amid a potential sale for the Merseysiders, as well as the impending exit of a number of key executives.
Better than Howe
Newcastle supporters are likely not contemplating a change at the helm due to the remarkable job that current boss Eddie Howe has done in his tenure thus far, with the Englishman having taken the club from fearing for their safety a year ago, to now dreaming of life in the Champions League.
While aided by strong investment – having spent over £100m this summer – the 44-year-old has notably impressed due to his knack for improving those already at the club, with the likes of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron having been obvious beneficiaries of the former Bournemouth man’s arrival.
Despite having done a “top class job” in reviving the Magpies – in the words of Pep Guardiola – it may prove difficult for Howe to keep his job if the aforementioned Klopp truly is interested in the role, with PIF likely to be tempted to bring in the latter man in the future.
The one-time Mainz boss is something of a coaching “genius” – as described by Adam Lallana – having worked wonders since his arrival in English football back in 2015, having helped to guide his side to Champions League and Premier League glory in recent years.
Such longevity at the elite level – having previously won the Bundesliga title twice during his time in Germany with Dortmund – has seen the enigmatic figure lauded as one of the best coaches in the world, having notably been named the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year in previous years.
A “God at Liverpool“, in the words of pundit Jamie Carragher, Klopp has managed to do something “unique” in turning Liverpool from a club seemingly on the decline into regular contenders for both European and domestic honours.
Clearly a man who knows what is needed to build a team capable of challenging at the top of the table, the heavily experienced coach would surely prove too good an option to turn down despite Howe’s impressive work thus far, particularly with the latter man’s only piece of silverware as a manager to date coming in the form of the Championship title in 2015.
It would be a ruthless move, but PIF could well secure something of a dream appointment if they were to get Klopp in the door, with his quality arguably incomparable to that of the current Newcastle boss due to what he has achieved in the game.