Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will probably be breathing a huge sigh of relief today after Jurgen Klopp revealed that he intends to take a break from the game before making his next move.
According to The Sun, the 47-year-old – who oversaw his final match as Borussia Dortmund manager at the weekend – will take a year out of the game, having spent the last seven years with the Bundesliga side.
“After seven intense and emotional years I think it makes sense to take a break to process the countless memories first,” explained the German coach.
Klopp’s decision appears to kill the suggestion that he was set to become the new manager at Anfield. The Daily Mirror had previously reported that a terrible end to the season for the Merseyside club – completed with a 6-1 hammering at Stoke on the final day of the campaign – was to be followed up with a review of the situation the Reds currently find themselves in.
However, the Mirror also suggested that of all the items on the agenda at this review, Rodgers’ future would not feature.
Despite the attempted clarification, the German maverick was still linked with a move to the Premier League. The Sun reported that he would be open to a move to the club, but only if they scrap their current transfer policy that has previously seen the likes of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert being entrusted with the task of replacing Luis Suarez.
With Klopp now confirming that he wishes to take a sabbatical from the game, and that he is therefore not in the running for the Liverpool job, question marks will now shift from the future of the manager to the future of Raheem Sterling. The Sun had reported that the 20-year-old would only be interested in staying at Anfield, having previously expressed a desire to leave, should the former Mainz boss arrive. With that not now happening, we may see the winger reiterate his intention to move on.