Manuel Neuer has thrown his support behind the idea of Jurgen Klopp becoming the manager of Bayern Munich after he announced his decision to leave Liverpool.
Klopp has confirmed he will stand down from his duties on Merseyside at the end of the season, citing tiredness and fatigue as his main reasons for stepping away from the game.
He has already claimed he will never manage another Premier League club, while a period of rest and recuperation is set to be on his agenda from the summer.
Speculation has been rife over Klopp’s next destination, and during a visit to a fan club last week, Neuer was asked whether the charismatic coach could take charge of Bayern.
“I think it depends on him,” Neuer replied. “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.”
Klopp has previously revealed to turning down various approaches to manage Bayern in his lifetime.
Ahead of Liverpool‘s 2022 FA Cup final win over Chelsea – who were managed by current Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel – Klopp said: “I could have gone to Bayern a few times, I could have won more titles in my life, pretty sure I would say – I didn’t do it.
“I had a contract here and I never went to Bayern. That’s completely fine. The world is not full of winners, the world is full of triers hopefully. And I try and sometimes I win with some other people together. I am happy with that.”