Jurgen Klopp Says Bayern Munich Never Contacted Him About Managerial Position

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 20, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool applauds the fans after victory in the Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images,)
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Bayern Munich never made contact with him regarding the vacant managerial position at the club prior to announcing Niko Kovac as their next boss. 

Klopp is contracted at Anfield until the summer of 2022 and said it would have been too complex for the German giants to secure his departure from Merseyside as a result, per Sky Germany (h/t ESPN FC):

"It's a fact that I never had any release clauses in my contracts. If Bayern would have indeed been interested, independent of any decision I'd have made, it would have been a complicated transfer because I am under contract here for four more years, and Liverpool are not exactly unhappy with me. That's why it makes total sense, they didn't ask in the first place."

The former Borussia Dortmund coach was the last manager to release Bayern's grip on the Bundesliga after winning the title in 2011 and 2012. His agent not long ago fuelled talk of a move to the Bavarian club, too, per Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo:

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Kovac was announced on April 13 as the successor to Jupp Heynckes, who is approaching the end of his fourth stint as Bayern manager after agreeing to return earlier this term following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti.

In regards to his eventual Liverpool exit, Klopp, who has taken the Reds to their first UEFA Champions League semi-final in 10 years, suggested the 2022 expiration of his contract could be his departure date:

"I can't rule out that I will call it a day way before other coaches usually stop. I feel that it's super intense, and I am not planning to die on the bench.

"I will definitely take a year off after Liverpool. That's a clear agreement I have with my family. And from today's point of view, I can't rule out that I then say: 'Well, that was a lot of fun...'"

It's been two-and-a-half years since Klopp took over on Merseyside as successor to Brendan Rodgers, and Liverpool writer Andrew Beasley nodded to how he's transformed the club's attack:

The Reds have been built into a more complete collective in the years since his arrival, and the feeling appears to be mutual after Klopp waded through the recent speculation linking him with Bayern.

Heynckes was coming to the end of his previous Bayern tenure when he beat Klopp's Dortmund to the Champions League crown in 2013, and football writer Chris Williams noted some developing serendipity:

The Reds chief went on to suggest he could return to Dortmund one day—although not as a manager—and Klopp appears safe on Merseyside for the time being as Bayern prepare to begin the Kovac era.

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