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English press overreacts to Jürgen Klopp’s quote about Bayern Munich

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Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp may one day end up with Bayern Munich, but it will almost assuredly not happen any time before his contract expires in 2022.

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One name that has repeatedly been bandied about as a potential coach for Bayern Munich is Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp.

In guiding a very exciting and tenacious Liverpool squad to becoming one of the top teams in Europe over the past two seasons, the whispers linking Klopp to Bayern have periodically grown louder during times when Bayern has struggled.

The headline in today’s Express states:

Jürgen Klopp reveals he could leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich ‘if timing is right

but the content of the article tells a much different tale.

When asked directly about a future in Bavaria, Klopp addresses the question head-on:

I have a contract at Liverpool until 2022. And no one here has the feeling that we should end it — neither from the side of the owner nor my side. I do not know [about managing Bayern]. There’s a long way to go. Basically, football is like this: The opportunity has to be right, and the timing has to be right. But I’m totally happy here and do not feel like I’m finished here. Our team has a good age structure and we can work together for a while.

While no one would dispute Klopp’s reputation and performance as a top-tier coach, Bayern’s Niko Kovac appears to be well on his way to finding his footing and figuring out the complexities of managing at such a high-level club, with such high-maintenance players.

After yesterday’s 5-0 destruction of Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund, the “timing” of this Klopp piece is poor to say the least.