Jurgen the German lined up as potential Rafa successor, hopefully just paper talk!
Former Liverpool target Jurgen Klinsmann still has ambitions to take charge of a team in the Premier League.
The ex-Tottenham striker was sounded out about taking over at Anfield two years ago by co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
At the time, the Americans insisted Klinsmann was a contingency plan in case Rafa Benitez walked away from the club.
Klinsmann, who left his post as Germany manager after the 2006 World Cup, has been out of work since he was sacked by Bayern Munich before the end of last season.
But when asked if a top-flight team in England still appeals, he said: ‘You never rule anything out. Once you’ve experienced the emotions that football can give you, you want to continue having them.
‘I never thought I would manage Germany in the World Cup and then become Bayern Munich manager last year.’
Klinsmann was shocked by Liverpool’s defeat to Lyon this week but added in The Sun: ‘I think a tie in Lyon and if you beat Fiorentina at home that will probably put you through. Nothing’s lost yet.
‘It’s a difficult moment for Rafa. Maybe the game on Sunday is the right one to beat Manchester United at home to turn the situation around.’
Benitez is under increasing pressure after the Reds lost four straight games for the first time since 1987. They trail Premier League leaders United by seven points ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Anfield. (Daily Mail)
So it’s this old chestnut again. Of course Messrs Hicks and Gillett tried to entice Jurgen Klinsmann to the club a while back and did so in such an inept manner that it was picked up by all the national newspapers and Rafa was understandably not best pleased by yet another example of being undermined by our owners.
I don’t expect this to be the last time we hear about the potential replacement of the Liverpool boss and other names have been thrown in the ring, from Jose Mourinho to Martin O’Neill. Clearly the red tops and ‘experts’ are jumping the gun big time and I hope to high heaven Benitez is not axed, he is the right man for the job and if the Yanks oust him they will find themselves even more despised by the great majority of the Anfield faithful.
On the Klinsmann front, no one can deny what a great player he was for club and country but his record as a football boss is not exactly covered in glory. Yes he led Germany to the World Cup semi’s but then most countries do well when they host the tournament and his one season of club management, at Bayern Munich, went poorly. He took a team who were champions and German cup holders and failed to achieve anything in the way of silverware.