Jurgen Klopp 'turns down' first job 'offer' after Liverpool exit

Jurgen Klopp
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ITV has reportedly failed in attempting to secure Jurgen Klopp as a pundit for this summer’s European Championships in Germany, but the channel is said to be leading the race to land Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou for the summer tournament.

The broadcasters are thought to have beaten the BBC to the Spurs manager, having been told no by Klopp. The former Liverpool manager will instead attend the tournament as a fan as he begins his break from football, the Daily Mail claims.

The German has insisted that he will step away from the game for at least a year after eight-and-a-half seasons at Liverpool and 23 years as a manager. Klopp had cited the reason for his shock Liverpool exit as due to a lack of energy to continue.

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The 56-year-old has conducted punditry before, having done so for German media at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and the 2008 Euros. Klopp said on his newly-created Instagram account, ‘Kloppo’, that he is due to go on holiday this summer following his Anfield farewell.

Meanwhile, Postecoglou - once tentatively tipped to succeed Klopp at Liverpool - is set to be on the small screen this summer. The Aussie has shown a charismatic persona since his arrival at Spurs last summer and has been praised for his handling of questions.

The Mail also claims that former Liverpool academy graduate and ex-Everton defender Conor Coady has been signed by BBC Radio 5 Live for the Euros. Coady was in the England squad for the last two major tournaments, albeit failed to play once.

Roy Keane and Ian Wright - who appeared on Match of the Day for the final time on Sunday - are expected to join ITV’s punditry coverage for the tournament while Gary Neville was hired by the corporation for the last edition in 2021 and could be again this time around.