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

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.

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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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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