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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge inadvertently stokes fire of Jurgen Klopp potentially coming to Bayern Munich

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Klopp, like Bayern Munich, spoke out against the newly formed European Super League.

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As of yet, Bayern Munich has been one of the most prominent clubs in Europe to come out and officially reject the notion of the newly formed European Super League. No Bundesliga club is currently involved in the plans for the new league, but the same can’t be said for the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was firm in his public stance that the club does not support the Super League, rather they support the proposed reforms for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. His bold statement has sparked further speculation that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to leave his post on Merseyside, as he is unhappy with FSG’s decision to take part in the Super League (The Express).

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw vs. Leeds United at Elland Road, Klopp voiced his opinion that he does not like the Super League and does not want it to happen, much like James Milner, who voiced his concern post match. “I don’t like this [Super League] either, but I don’t talk about the other clubs,” Klopp said after his side shared points with Leeds. This echoes what he had previously said about the Super League when he was asked about it back in 2019; “I hope this Super League will never happen. With the way the Champions League is now running, football has a great product, even with the Europa League. For me, the Champions League is the Super League, in which you do not always end up playing against the same teams. Of course, it’s economically important, but why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years? Who wants to see that every year?”

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Rummenigge wasn’t at all surprised that Klopp’s stance on the Super League hasn’t changed the slightest bit and it’s clear that he’s upset with FSG for making Liverpool a part of it. “Of course he [Klopp] spoke heavily against his company,” Rummenigge commented. This coincides with Bayern’s inevitable search for a new manager since Hansi Flick publicly expressed his desire to leave the club after the 3-2 win over VfL Wolfsburg last Saturday. “We haven’t decided on the coach yet; first we win the championship and then we decide what to do,” Rummenigge said on the matter, but it’s clear that they’ll be searching for a new manager in the very near future. RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann was one of the first names touted to replace Flick, but Klopp’s unhappiness with the situation at Liverpool could make him think twice about a return to the Bundesliga.

To be fair to Klopp, though, when he was asked about his thoughts on the Super League ahead of the Leeds match, he did mention that it was unfair to put any of the blame on managers and players. He had referenced the Spion Kop’s request to remove banners and flags that have decorated Anfield’s Kop section ever since fans haven’t been allowed at matches and used it as an example to say that fans should still support the players and staff, because they had nothing to do with the owner’s decisions regarding the Super League. He encouraged fans to still do their part to support the players. It’d be difficult to see him leave Liverpool for that matter, unless something drastic happens and he takes a firm stand against FSG.