What Jürgen Klopp might do next after leaving Liverpool as three likely options emerge

Jürgen Klopp the head coach / manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on May 13, 2024 in Birmingham, England.
Jürgen Klopp will have plenty of options after he leaves Liverpool. -Credit:James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

That's (nearly) all, folks. After 490 games and almost nine years with Jürgen Klopp at the helm of Liverpool Football Club, just one match remains.

You could see the emotion as Klopp completed his final away assignment, saying goodbye to the travelling Kop for the final time. Even some Aston Villa fans joined in the applause. But it's the farewell from a capacity Anfield that will leave barely a dry eye in the house.

On a certain level, change is exciting. We've spent weeks analyzing Arne Slot, and what he might be bring to the table. But now, as the end of such a glorious era draws inexorably closer to its conclusion, it almost feels wrong to think about what comes next for Liverpool.

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But what about what comes next for Klopp? For the most part so far, we've learned more about what won't come next — but here's what we do know about some of the possibilities.

Coaching somewhere else

The obvious option, in one sense, given that Klopp is still quite clearly an elite manager. More or less any club or country around the world would want to hire him.

But this was some of the first information Klopp shared when announcing his departure. He is leaving Liverpool because he is tired; if he felt able to continue coaching in the immediate term, he would not be leaving Anfield.

Klopp confirmed that he does not intend to take up another post for at least another year. He may be calling it a day altogether — although Pep Guardiola certainly isn't buying that — but he certainly does not intend to be involved in the game in a coaching capacity until after he has had a proper break. He has also made it plain that he will never coach a different Premier League team (The Athletic).


Just because Klopp has vowed not to return to English shores as a manager, he may not sever ties in the country altogether. As well as endearing himself to the Liverpool faithful, he has become something of a media darling, and the nation's broadcasters would all certainly be keen to enlist his services.

Klopp has exchanged some jokes about this in press conferences. At the end of his last ever tirade against early kick-off slots, he threw TNT Sports a bone: "But if you are ever looking for a pundit, I speak English and I could do it!” (via This is Anfield).

Meanwhile, the BBC and ITV are said to be in a 'desperate' battle to land his services for the European Championships. And in the latest development, The Athletic spoke to Ged Colleypriest of sports marketing firm Underdog:

“The relationship he’s built with the British media lends itself really well to a career in punditry if he wants it because to succeed, you have to offer something different now in those circles,” Colleypriest said. “He’s such a big name, big personality and part of the modern football coaching revolution that all broadcasters would love to have him."

Klopp actually cemented his reputation in Germany by providing TV analysis for the 2006 World Cup while manager of Mainz. Later, he would wow English fans with his early appearance on Monday Night Football.

Brand deals

The same Athletic piece notes that even if Klopp doesn't dive straight back into something, he will certainly be able to keep things ticking over with brand deals.

“There will be lots of other brands who would be keen to partner with him, particularly in Germany, because you get a lot of big German brands that export across the world and he is again the embodiment of that because he’s been really successful," notes Colleypriest. "It lends itself well to those categories that German businesses are traditionally very strong in.”

After all, Klopp has in many ways transcended football, especially in Liverpool and in Germany. His prominence is of course tied to his brilliance as a manager, but his enduring appeal is more about his personality and his heart. That's gold dust to brands. says: Punditry looks like a genuine option as Klopp's next step. We know for a fact that there is a bidding war for his services (although he's no doubt had coaching proposals as well), it's not something he has explicitly ruled out, and the upcoming European Championships is the perfect venue for him to dip his toe into the water without making any long commitments.

It is hard to imagine he's done as a manager forever. But Klopp has always maintained a perspective beyond football, and if he doesn't find himself missing the sport, perhaps we really will have seen the last of him on the touchline.