Jurgen Klopp stunned the football world by announcing his departure from Borussia Dortmund after seven memorable years at Westfalenstadion.
His tenure culminated in the Champions League final which his Mario Gotze-less team lost, albeit valiantly against bitter rivals Bayern Munich. But there were many great moments along the way, including the 5-2 thumping of Bayern in the DFB-Pokal final in 2012, which completed a domestic double for Klopp’s men.
Kloppo is hot property and his next club is being feverishly debated. He has confirmed he “is not tired” and will not take any time out. He wants a new job - one in England - but which club will land the charismatic German?
Manchester City 1.70
The obvious favourites. City have faltered badly in 2015, falling off the pace in the Premier League and being soundly beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League. Manuel Pellegrini is under huge pressure to stay in charge and City need a rebuild. Klopp rebuilt Dortmund in spectacular fashion and City is hands down his most likely destination.
One to keep a close eye on. After a poor start to the season during the inevitable Luis Suarez hangover period, Rodgers steadied the ship and his side are back in with a shout of finishing in the top four. And that will be crucial. Klopp will only be interested in a Champions League club and Liverpool, probably England’s closest equivalent to Dortmund, could be a good fit. But does Rodgers deserve to be sacked if Liverpool finish in or out of the top four? Many would say no.
Those that have consistently called for Wenger’s head during recent years – yes Piers Morgan, I’m looking at you – have just as consistently named Klopp as the man they’d like to replace the long-serving Frenchman. But Wenger isn’t just going to leave because a big-name German has suddenly become available. Or because a big-mouth Brit says he should, for that matter. Wenger is part of the furniture at Arsenal and he’ll leave at a time of his choosing.
Real Madrid 7.00
Despite Real Madrid being hot on the heels of Barcelona in La Liga and still very much in the mix in the Champions League, there have been whispers that Carlo Ancelotti will be fired at the end of the season. Having come from a club where he was always given the benefit of the doubt and given years to build a team in his image, it’s difficult to see him at a club that are opposed to those principles in almost every respect.
Manchester United 14.00
He'll be wishing he’d taken this gig last summer now. Klopp was one of the names on United’s shortlist to replace the sacked David Moyes, but the German couldn’t be prised away from Dortmund – little was he to realise the relegation-threatened season the Black and Yellows were about to endure. The rest is history: United went for Van Gaal, who looks to have safely guided them into the Champions League, and there is no reason to believe they’ll make any changes to the current regime.
Tottenham 14.00 Atletico Madrid 31.00 Bayern Munich 101.00 Schalke 201.00