Liverpool icon Philippe Coutinho speaks out on Jurgen Klopp’s potential next club | Football | Sport

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Philippe Coutinho believes that Jurgen Klopp has what it takes to be a successful Barcelona manager if he opts to head to the Camp Nou at the end of the season. The German announced in January that he will leave Liverpool this summer as he has ‘run out of energy’ in the position.

Klopp is hoping to bow out from Anfield in style, with the prospect of a sensational quadruple on the cards. Liverpool lifted their first trophy of the season over the weekend when they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Carabao Cup final.

Virgil van Dijk was the hero at Wembley Stadium, guiding his header past Djordje Petrovic in the 118th minute to prevent the game from going all the way to penalties. The Liverpool team watching on the sidelines were sent into a frenzy as the ball nestled into the back of the net, in a buzz that Klopp is sure to miss when he exits.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund boss insisted during his departure announcement that he would enjoy at least a year away from management once he has stepped down as Liverpool manager, though several top sides are hopeful of persuading him to put those plans on pause.

Barca are among those to be linked with Klopp, as well as fellow German boss Hansi Flick, and ex-Liverpool star Coutinho believes that he would be a good fit for the summertime vacancy at the Camp Nou.

Asked about whether Klopp or Flick would be suitable for the role, the Al-Duhail playmaker told Sport: “They are two great coaches. I have trained with both of them and the truth is that I had a very good relationship with them and their teams have always played very well. I would say any of these options are very good for any team in the world.

“Each one adapts, the coaches also adapt to the club’s way of playing. We are talking about two great coaches who would fit into any team in the world. Football is always changing, there are always new ways to play and I think they are two great coaches, this is all I can say.”

Coutinho enjoyed three seasons working under Klopp at Anfield, thriving in his attacking, high-pressing system to assert himself as one of the most promising midfielders in the league. The Brazilian’s success under the 56-year-old saw him catch the eye of Barca and a £142m move to the La Liga outfit was eventually facilitated in 2018 after he made it clear that he would not accept a contract extension offer in Merseyside.


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