Jurgen Klopp responds to new job after 'contact made' with former Liverpool boss for big role

Jurgen Klopp
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Jurgen Klopp has turned down an approach to become the United States Men's National Team head coach.

The role has become available after Gregg Berhalter was sacked following the USA's lacklustre displays in Copa America, leaving them to finish third in the group stages. They had hoped that the former Liverpool boss would take up their offer to make him their successor.

Initial enquiries had been made as the USMNT seek out a big name to lead the nation into the 2026 World Cup on home soil. However, The Athletic claims the German boss reiterated that he would like a break from football after leaving Liverpool at the end of the season.

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USSF chief Matt Crcoker has made no secret of his desire to land a marquee name ahead of the World Cup in two years’ time. In a statement confirming Berhalter’s exit, he said: "We are looking for a serial winning coach and a coach that can also build on the work that has already been put in place.

"Clearly, there's still a lot of potential in the group and we have to turn out the performance and results, so that's what I'll be looking for and that'll be my absolute No. 1 priority. All my energies and efforts will be going into that straight away."

Klopp had previously been linked with the Germany national team role in April, but those rumours had since died down after Julian Nagelsmann penned a new two-year deal. The German boss insisted he would take a year out of the game following his exit from Liverpool earlier this summer.

He cited a lack of energy as the reason behind his departure. National team jobs have significantly less day-to-day demands.