Former Liverpool coach drops Jurgen Klopp hint amid management return plan

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and assistant coach Peter Krawietz before the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 match between Liverpool FC and LASK at Anfield on November 30, 2023 in Liverpool, England.
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Former Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is clearly enjoying life at the moment. Having been seen at various soccer-related events, including the Champions League final, he was at a tennis tournament this weekend.

He appears to be in no rush to return to management. However, people probably thought similarly when he left Borussia Dortmund at the end of 2014/15. By October of the following season, he was in the hotseat at Anfield, starting the journey which would see Liverpool become champions of England, Europe and the world.

Whether that pattern repeats later this year, we will have to wait and see. Klopp was far from the only person to leave Liverpool this summer, though, with his former assistant Peter Krawietz recently providing an update on his potential plans.

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The 52-year-old was a chief scout at Mainz during Klopp’s time there. He then followed him to Dortmund and Liverpool in the position of assistant manager. Per Transfermarkt, Krawietz has been at Klopp’s side for a remarkable 808 matches, and was nicknamed the manager’s ‘eyes’ thanks to his ability to spot points of importance during games.

Like Klopp, he is currently enjoying a break. Krawietz has been speaking to former Liverpool striker John Aldridge for episode 10 of his Aldo Meets Podcast. He made clear he would be "taking time off" for a "minimum half a year, and then let’s see,” per Anfield Watch.

It also sounded like Krawietz has no real clear vision of what the next step in his career will be, unlike Pep Lijnders who is already back in management with Red Bull Salzburg. "I don’t have a proper idea yet of what to do or what it will be,” he said. “Is it management or something else? I will take my time.”

Krawietz also noted that management isn’t his “first target,” though he didn’t rule out the possibility. “It is something I could think about, yes. Let’s see,” he added.

It is inevitable that Klopp’s next move could influence Krawietz’s future. “Let’s see how Jurgen feels, what his plans are and if he has an idea, and if it fits me or not, if he wants me in or not. We will see,” he said.

“So far, I’m open and not decided yet. I don’t want to make a decision now as it is really clear to me that I need to step back a little bit. I want to find my energy and motivation again," Krawietz concluded. says: His final words echo the points Klopp made when leaving Liverpool. Working for one of the biggest clubs in the game is very taxing. Hopefully Krawietz will be back in football soon as his knowledge and expertise is too valuable not to be used.