Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool exit plan as Barcelona make him candidate with Koeman sacked

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Barcelona reportedly placed Jurgen Klopp on their managerial shortlist just weeks before pulling the trigger to axe Ronald Koeman. Barcelona suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano courtesy of a Radamel Falcao goal last night.

That proved to be the final straw for club president Joan Laporta, who sacked Koeman during the flight home.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi, who has been learning his trade in charge of Qatar Stars League outfit Al Sadd, is the early favourite for the vacant post.

But earlier this month it came to light that the Catalan giants were also keen on Liverpool boss Klopp.

El Nacional claimed that the Premier League winner was ahead of the likes of Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag and club legend Xavi.

Klopp recently visited Barcelona during a break from domestic football, which sparked further rumours.

And the 54-year-old has already revealed what he plans to do when he leaves Anfield

Klopp told This Is Anfield: “Seeing the world, it’s [an] easy [answer].

“I could see the whole world if I wanted but still, I have no time.

“I was a young father, an average player and it means for seeing the world I had no time and no money and then I became a manager and I had immediately had absolutely no time but a little bit more money.”

Klopp’s Liverpool contract has three years remaining and he plans to take a Sabbatical when he departs.

Speaking to Kicker magazine in 2019 he said: “I have absolute energy. But I have one problem. I can’t do ‘a little bit’. I can only do ‘all or nothing’.

“When I decide that I cannot do it any longer then I will take a break for a year.”

Meanwhile, Koeman appeared to know that the writing was on the wall following Barcelona’s latest defeat, which came just days after their 2-1 El Clasico loss.

“It [Barcelona’s league position] says we’re not well,” Koeman said.

“The team has lost balance in the squad, lost very effective players, which shows. In recent years other clubs have strengthened every season and we haven’t, which also shows.”

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