Thomas Tuchel hint suggests Liverpool missed new manager opportunity Jamie Carragher supported

Thomas Tuchel speaks at the press conference ahead of Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match against Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Thomas Tuchel has hinted he would like to make a return to the Premier League in the summer -Credit:Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel has hinted he would like to make a return to the Premier League this summer.

The former Chelsea boss is set to be looking for a new job at the end of the season. It was announced earlier this year that Bayern Munich would be parting ways with Tuchel after the club’s Bundesliga dominance was ended by Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen.

Tuchel’s imminent departure has led to him being linked with a move back to England. He was among the names linked with Liverpool shortly after Jürgen Klopp announced he would be leaving Anfield in the summer.

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It looks as though Arne Slot will be confirmed as the Reds’ next boss though, leaving Tuchel to look elsewhere. Manchester United has been touted as a possible destination, with yet more questions being asked about Erik ten Hag’s future following their 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday.

Tuchel himself had addressed his own future in an interview with TNT Sports ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid. Regardless of whether he takes the Bavarian club to the final at Wembley, the 50-year-old doesn’t see himself staying at the Allianz Arena.

“It’s very, very, very unlikely that it’s at Bayern," he said when asked about where he will be next season.

"I have to say, because we have an agreement, there is at the moment no reason to doubt this agreement. We took this position, the initiative came from the club, and so it is and I’m fine with it.

"I don’t need it for the extra percentage of competitiveness because I’m always up for a win, I’m always thinking how to improve the squad or how to improve myself in coaching.

"We go all in. Does it [winning Champions League] have an influence on where I am next season? Maybe not, maybe I’m on holiday no matter what, let’s see, let’s see.”

Asked whether he could return to the Premier League, Tuchel replied: “I’d rather not answer but it is no secret that I loved it at Chelsea, I loved it in England.

"I loved it in the Premier League for sure, it was a very, very special time and I remember it very well.”

Jamie Carragher has notably stated he would have liked to see Tuchel considered for the Liverpool role, and his latest hint on returning to the Premier League suggest he might well have been keen if approached. “I would have given more thorough consideration to a coach like Thomas Tuchel, who took on and beat Pep Guardiola in the ultimate test - a Champions League final,” Carragher wrote in the Telegraph last month.

"Tuchel followed Klopp at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund and did well. It has not worked out at Bayern Munich this season, but you only have to look at Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery to recognise how top coaches recover from setbacks." says: Liverpool already looks as though it has its man in Arne Slot, but Tuchel was perhaps a name that should have been more in the running. He’s had success at his previous clubs, including winning the Champions League with Chelsea, and he’s had experience of following a highly influential manager, having taken over from Klopp at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

The fact that he’s keen on a return to the Premier League might have made bringing him to Anfield a relatively simple task as well. As it is, there’s every chance Liverpool might now come up against Tuchel next season, whether it’s at United or elsewhere.