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Where Will Jurgen Klopp Manage Next?

With the European seasons coming to a close and Jurgen Klopp preparing for his final match in charge of Borussia Dortmund, it’s time to look ahead to where Klopp will be plying his trade next season.

Back in April when Klopp announced that he’d be walking away from Dortmund at the end of the season, he immediately became one of the hottest names on market for teams in need of an available manager.

Klopp’s resume speaks for itself. He was the spearhead behind BVB’s revival at the turn of the past decade, leading them to back to back Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Champions League Final. Klopp has previously hinted that his next managerial job would be in England, so naturally the Premier League is now a favorite to land him.

There are many bookies who are laying out the odds for where Klopp will manage next season. While there are clubs that certainly need new managers, some of the biggest names out there may not necessarily be the best fit for the German. Let’s breakdown the biggest names as well as some others that might be a good fit for Klopp. All odds via SkyBet

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Arsenal (Odds: 14/1) 

Before the season started, there were plenty of rumors swirling that this could be Arsene Wenger’s final season at the Emirates and Jurgen Klopp was the strong favorite to replace him. But then Arsenal swooped for Barcelona outcast Alexis Sanchez and got off to a tremendous start in the league. By the end of the season, Arsenal found themselves in a familiar third place, but also in their second straight FA Cup Final.

Manchester City (Odds: 12/1) 

So is the life of a Manchester City manager, as Manuel Pellegrini is finding out. You win the league one year, then the following year your team of mercenaries is unmotivated and finishes second and suddenly your job is on the line. City have remain tight lipped about Pellegrini’s future, but with Klopp’s name out there, people have been talking.

Would Klopp be a good fit here?

When you look at the players that Klopp has managed at BVB, there’s no question he has the ability to deal with superstar players. While he’s lost his best players over the past few years, it wasn’t because of Klopp, it was simply because Bayern Munich could pay them a lot more than Dortmund could.

But then you have to look at what happened this season. Dortmund had a disaster of a start that saw them sitting in the relegation zone at the winter break before miraculously climbing up the table in the second half to finish seventh and snag a Europa League spot.

One of the possible reasons for BVB’s disaster of a start could be attributed to Klopp’s system wearing on the Dortmund players. Klopp has always played a high-pressing up-tempo system, one that requires you to work even harder to win the ball back after you’ve lost it then when you have the ball to begin with. When Dortmund were winning back-to-back Bundesliga, they were famous for pressing teams, and then launching an incredibly quick counter attack once they won the ball back. The finished product was an absolute joy to watch.

But Klopp did this with a very young and hungry squad filled with players looking to make a name for themselves. It’s one thing to ask young unproven players to work hard and run like crazy for 90 minutes; it’s another thing to ask that of players who have won multiple league titles, made a Champions League final, and, for the most part, were now World Cup champions. That’s exactly the kind of players he’ll be dealing with at Manchester City (minus the Champions League and World Cup success). Would those players respond to Klopp’s style? Not likely.

Liverpool (Odds: 6/4)

This is the team that makes the most sense for Klopp, and if I were a betting man, the team I’d say he ends up with. As of now Liverpool still has a manager in Brendan Rodgers, but after the team’s free fall at the end of the season (for the second straight year), there are many who believe Rodgers’ time at Liverpool could be done.

Liverpool have remained quiet on the matter, a smart and not surprising move. While there have been “sources” that have said Rodgers’ job is safe, the bottom line is the club has not officially made any statements, nor should they as Klopp hasn’t even begun speaking with other clubs yet. Expect Liverpool to reach out to Klopp, see where he stands and then make a decision on Rodgers.

Would Klopp be a good fit here?

Absolutely! Klopp would be inheriting a Liverpool side that is built very similarly to the Dortmund squad he took over. With Steven Gerrard leaving, this is the perfect time for Liverpool to rebuild the team in a different image, and they have exactly the kind of young and hungry squad that would thrive in Klopp’s system.

The first thing he would need to do would obviously be to convince Raheem Sterling to stay, which would be a great move for Sterling as he’d absolutely thrive under Klopp. The only thing Liverpool would be lacking is superstar players in the mold of the players Klopp originally had at BVB in Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Marco Rues. Players like Daniel Sturridge and Phillippe Coutinho can make the jump, but they still aren’t on the level of Lewandowski and Gotze. It’ll be interesting to see if Klopp would be able to create the same kind of success without those players.

Real Madrid (Odds: 4/1)

They aren’t a Premier League team, but with Carlo Ancelotti gone Los Blancos are in need of a new manager with a winning pedigree. The Klopp to Madrid rumors got really loud last week when a story broke in Germany that he had already agreed on a contract to become Real’s next manager. Not surprisingly that story, which originated from one tweet, turned out to be fake.

Would Klopp be a good fit here?

Go back and read the section for why he wouldn’t be a good fit at Manchester City and multiply it by 100. You think guys like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema would be happy to play in a system that has them working harder off the ball then with the ball?

Manchester United (Odds: 33/1)

33/1 odds seem pretty high for a team that is 100 percent definitely going to be bringing manager Louis van Gaal back next season. However back in April, Eurosport reported that Klopp dreams of managing Manchester United one day. If this is true it can actually have a massive effect on where Klopp chooses to go this year.

When van Gaal was brought in to Old Trafford it was thought by many to be a temporary fix for the Red Devils. Van Gaal would come in, restore the team to the top of England and then pass things off to another manager. If that’s the case, the United job will likely be open in just a few years.

If Klopp truly has his eyes on Manchester United, then he would be fully aware of this. This would lead to him taking a job that he knows would only be a temporary stop while he waits for the United job to open. This could potentially open up the door for Real Madrid, where managers typically don’t last more then two-three years, or even for Klopp to just take another job in Germany as opposed to him going to Liverpool which would be more of a move for the long term.

Would Klopp be a good fit here?

Who knows? The way Louis van Gaal is changing over the squad, who knows how the team will even look in two months let alone in a few years when he retires.

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