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Jurgen Klopp 'wants Premier League job' as Liverpool speculation intensifies

Published 24/09/2015

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Jurgen Klopp manager of Borussia Dortmund speaks during a Borussia Dortmund press conference, ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group D match against Arsenal, at Emirates Stadium on November 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 06: Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund smiles prior to the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park on November 6, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund (R) consoles his players after losing the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp is reported to be prepared to end his sabbatical early in order to take a job in the Premier League, as speculation over a possible move to Liverpool intensifies.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager has been linked with Anfiled as Brendan Rodgers has come under increasing pressure at Anfield after a poor start to the season.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is experiencing the toughest time of his Anfield career
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is experiencing the toughest time of his Anfield career

Klopp left Dortmund at the end of last season after a seven-year spell at the Westfalenstadion, and had maintained that he wanted a year-long break from the game.

But, according to Sky Sports, that position may have shifted and the chance to take over at Anfield - were Rodgers to be sacked - might be too good to turn down.

Liverpool have not directly contacted Klopp or his representatives, and have yet to publicly bring Rodgers' long-term future into question.

Earlier this week, reports emerged linking Carlo Ancelotti with taking over on Merseyside. The Italian has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.

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Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (3rd R) decides the penalties order after the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015.
Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (3rd R) decides the penalties order after the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (left) and Carlisle United's Alex McQueen battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Carlisle United's English goalkeeper Mark Gillespie (L) claims the ball during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. The game finished 1-1, with extra time being played. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (2nd L) speaks to his players before extra-time is played during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. The game finished 1-1, extra-time is being played. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Carlisle United's English midfielder Luke Joyce (L) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. The game finished 1-1. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers gestures during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Keith Curle the manager of Carlisle United talks with his players before extra time is played in the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool looks on during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Derek Asamoah of Carlisle United celebrates after scoring his goal during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Derek Asamoah of Carlisle United celebrates with Bastien Hery after scoring his goal during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Danny Ings (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Danny Ings celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammates during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Carlisle's Alex McQueen and Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (right) battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool looks on during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers acknowledges the fans during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Carlisle United's Irish midfielder Gary Dicker vies with Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (L) during the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge poses for a photograph with fans ahead of the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side need to rebuild their confidence after more problems at Anfield. Photo: PA Wire

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Rodgers' position has become increasingly uncertain after Liverpool's poor form last season - which saw them fall from second place in 2013-14, to seventh - and then their faltering start to the new campaign.

They are without a win in six games, a run which has included heavy defeats to West Ham and Manchester United, and they were jeered by fans after failing to defeat League Two Carlisle over 120 minutes in the Capital One Cup. Liverpool eventually squeaked into the fourth round after winning on penalties.

A group of fans have vowed to protest at Rodgers by dressing up as Klopp for this weekend's game against Aston Villa.

Liverpool have been heavily criticised by pundits in recent weeks. Jamie Redknapp, their former midfielder, said that "something has to change" following the game against Carlisle, while Thierry Henry, the former Arsenal striker, said the club was in danger of going "backwards".

Charlie Nicholas, the former Scotland striker, told Sky: "They are going through a painful time and none more so than the manager. What are the principles of their game at the moment?

"The identity of Liverpool 18 months ago was speed and movement, in the first 20 minutes the game could be over. Suarez has been sold, you miss him, that's understandable, but who has he [Rodgers] replaced him with?"

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