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01st Jun 2015

Jurgen Klopp will not be managing Liverpool anytime soon as he’s taking a break from football

Bad news Liverpool fans?

Conor Heneghan

Sabbaticals are all the rage amongst football managers these days.

Jurgen Klopp will not be managing Liverpool or any other top European club for a while after confirming that he is to take a break from football until further notice.

Klopp brought a seven-year spell with Borussia Dortmund to an end following a 3-1 defeat to Wolfsburg in the German Cup final at the weekend and it had been anticipated that he would take a new role having reportedly been coveted by a number of European clubs.

Klopp has instead confirmed that he will be taking some time off and although he didn’t specify, it could be at least a season before he’s back in management again.

“I will take a break until further notice,” he said.

“After seven intense and emotional years, I consider it sensible to process all these memories until I’m fresh and full of motivation to take on a new task, together with my team.”

Klopp had been linked with a role at Liverpool following a tricky season for current boss Brendan Rodgers, while it was rumoured that Real Madrid would also be interested having parted company with Carlo Ancelotti.

Rafael Benitez looks set to take up the Madrid role later this week and while we’re not likely to see Klopp in a dugout for the foreseeable future, the sterling reputation he built up during his time with Dortmund should ensure that he’ll be back in the game before too long.