Jürgen Klopp tipped to make U-turn on Liverpool plan and 'surprise a lot of people'

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Jürgen Klopp has just three matches left in charge of Liverpool as the end of his Anfield tenure edges ever closer. The Reds face Tottenham this weekend and then travel to Aston Villa, before a final day farewell against Wolves.

It is highly unlikely there will be any title celebrations but Liverpool fans will be eager to honor their departing boss. Klopp revealed he was 'running out of energy', when he announced his plans to leave at the end of the season in January.

He plans to take at least a year out from football but ex-Liverpool ace Ryan Babel believes Klopp will be back sooner than he thinks, as he will miss coaching.

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Babel told Ladbrokes Fanzone: "He will probably go away to a lot of holiday destinations, drink some beer and spend some quality time with his family. He'll try to release all the stress, in a good environment with his family, before he inevitably goes back to work. Judging from the outside, and knowing Klopp, he's far from done. I think he'll get bored within six months and he'll want to work again.

"The question, then, is, where does he go? There are not many teams, in my opinion, who deserve Jürgen Klopp. He's a coach who needs to be accepted for who he is. He's someone who needs time to completely express his way of playing.

"So, with that being said, while I would love to see him be successful with a team like Real Madrid. We know that Real Madrid is not a team who are going to give him two or three years to eventually show the football that he wants to play."

"So, I don't think Real Madrid deserves him. Even a team like Bayern, you know, doesn't have a lot of patience for managers. There are rumors that he might coach the German national team. I don't know about that. But I think he'll definitely surprise a lot of people."

It was reported by The Independent earlier this week that there have been discussions at former club Borussia Dortmund to rehire Klopp as 'head of football' in 2025, after his sabbatical. Feyenoord boss Arne Slot is set to replace Klopp at Anfield, with Liverpool having now agreed a compensation package with the Dutch side. says: It has been clear in recent months that Klopp needs, and deserves, a break from management. He will not be rushed into making any decisions over his future and appears set on taking a year out. He may find adapting to life out of the dugout hard though and Liverpool fans will hope he will not line up against them elsewhere in the future.

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