Jurgen Klopp responds to USA approach to become next manager after leaving Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 28: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp ex manager of Liverpool during the event at M&S Bank Arena on May 28, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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Ex-Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly has no interest in becoming the next USA head coach following his Anfield exit.

Following their disappointing Copa America performances, which saw them dumped out of the tournament as hosts, the US opted to sack manager Gregg Berhalter. Despite starting off strong with a 2-0 win over Bolivia, the USMNT fell embarrassingly 2-1 to Panama, before they were beaten 1-0 by Uruguay, ending their tournament.

In the wake of their poor campaign, Berhalter was axed, just two years before the USA, alongside Canada, who have made the semi-finals under Jesse Marsch, and Mexico, host the 2026 World Cup.

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It had previously been reported by the Athletic that ex-Reds boss Klopp, who left Anfield in May siting burnout, would potentially consider a return to management to coach internationally, with both the Germany and US jobs being of interest to the 57-year-old.

However, it has now been confirmed he has turned down the approach from US Soccer. The Athletic reports Klopp 'politely declined' the offer after contact was made through intermediaries. It is claimed he reiterated his stance after leaving Liverpool, that he wants to take a break from football.

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Jurgen Klopp and his staff who left the club run to the Kop at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Wolverhampton Wanderers;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Wolverhampton Wanderers</a>, May 2024 -Credit:John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The news of Klopp's rejection will come as a bitter blow to the USA, who are keen to make a major appointment ahead of the 2026 World Cup. Following Berhalter's dismissal, U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Matt Crocker revealed they want the next USMNT boss to be "a serial winning coach" and have them appointed by September.

Crocker said: "Whether they're from the U.S. or elsewhere, they've got to fit the profile, which is a serial winning coach. Somebody that can continue to develop this potential group of players, somebody that's got a huge interest and a passion for player development.

"It continues to still be a young group – the second-youngest group in Copa América – but also a group that now is sort of in the realms of having a number of experiences that we should be qualifying [for] and getting out of the group for sure. So that's gonna be my intention."