Everton legend believes he can persuade Jurgen Klopp to take first job since Liverpool exit

-Credit: (Image: Getty)
-Credit: (Image: Getty)

Former Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard believes he can persuade Jurgen Klopp to return to management with the US national team.

Klopp stepped down as Liverpool boss at the end of last season, revealing he was 'running out of energy' after nine years at the helm. He is planning to take at least a year out from management and is already being linked with jobs at club and international level.

And Howard, who spent 10 seasons at Merseyside rivals Everton, is willing to personally make an offer to fly to Klopp's new holiday home in Majorca, to try and snap him up ahead of next summer's World Cup.

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He writes in the Daily Mail: "I know Klopp has only been retired a few weeks and I know he wants a break. But if we sat around his villa in Spain, I think I could lure him over here. 100 percent.

"The money is certainly there. So my pitch would be simple: he has a young group of players who can play progressive, front-foot soccer - exactly like his Liverpool teams. And in two years’ time he can go to the biggest World Cup in history."

Howard's pitch to snag Klopp for the US side hinges on the squad's potential and the financial muscle behind them. He's certain the funds are there, drawing attention to the roster brimming with young, eager players

Tim Howard played for Manchester United and Everton in the Premier League -Credit:Getty Images
Tim Howard played for Manchester United and Everton in the Premier League -Credit:Getty Images

Under-pressure boss Gregg Berhalter pocketed more than $2.2m (£1.7m/€2m) for leading the Americans to the World Cup and through to the knockout stages. Meanwhile, Klopp's last deal with Liverpool was said to be worth a whopping $10m (£8m/€9m) annually.

The high salary, coupled with Klopp's ambition to remain in the top-earning bracket, has sparked rumors that he might be too expensive for the Germany job, a position that was previously speculated as his next career move. Howard also pointed out the differences between coaching at the international and domestic levels, suggesting that Klopp would have fewer training sessions and less organizational stress due to the international schedule.

Howard further noted that Klopp wouldn't immediately face towering expectations, especially following the USA's premature exit from the Copa America. Berhalter's side exited in the group stages following a defeat to Uruguay.

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