Manuel Neuer has been a reference point for goalkeepers over the past decade.
Widely regarded as one of the best ‘keepers of all time, the German shot stopper popularised the ‘sweeper keeper’ during Germany’s victorious 2014 World Cup campaign.
The Bayern Munich skipper would have been as surprised as everyone when Jurgen Klopp dropped the bombshell news on Friday morning.
With Klopp now set to bid farewell to Anfield at the end of the season, there has been plenty of speculation as to where the German manager will go next after his hiatus.
Klopp said himself that he will take at least one year off before taking up another job in management – if the 56-year-old decides to jump back in of course.
However, Manuel Neuer believes that Jurgen Klopp would be a good fit for German giants Bayern Munich.
What did Manuel Neuer say about Jurgen Klopp?
The World Cup winner thinks that while the Liverpool boss would be a good fit for Bayern Munich, the German national team could also be an option:
As quoted by BILD, Neuer said:
“I think it depends on him [Klopp].”
“I don’t think FC Bayern has anything against that, because he’s a renowned, very good, experienced, tactically astute coach who has gained big respect from all footballers and athletes and I believe that he’s definitely a potential candidate who could work for Bayern at some point.”
“Whether he wants to do that is of course his business. Maybe he wants to take a break first.”
“Maybe he no longer wants the day-to-day business – I can imagine him possibly being the national team coach one day. Of course, that mainly depends on him.”
Jurgen Klopp and the German national team
The German national team has been a shadow of itself since winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Since then, a group stage exit in the 2018 World Cup, a round of 16 finish at Euro 2020, and another group stage exit in Qatar is all Germany has managed.
From such a historically consistent and dominant national team, it’s fair to say the quality of the German national football team is at an all-time low.
Jurgen Klopp previously spoke on the prospect of managing Germany, saying back in July:
“The job of national coach is and would be a great honor — there’s no question about that.”
“The problem that stands in the way of the whole thing is my loyalty. I can’t just leave Liverpool now and say I’ll take over Germany for a short time. That doesn’t work.”
“If I’m supposed to do that (manage Germany) at some point, then I have to be available and I’m not currently.”
Things have changed since then, with the Liverpool boss now bidding goodbye to Anfield at the end of the season.
Although Klopp plans to take a break, perhaps we could see as the German national team coach afterwards as he is now that he is ‘available.’