USA specifications for next manager underline why Jurgen Klopp was first port of call

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Former Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will not be the next head coach of the USA after it was reported the German has turned down the job.

Following their disastrous Copa America campaign that saw them crash out in the group stages, the USA sacked manager Gregg Berhalter, just two years before they are set to host the 2026 World Cup alongside Mexico and Canada.

While their tournament got off to a strong start with a 2-0 win over Bolivia, a 2-1 defeat to Panama, coupled with a 1-0 loss to Darwin Nunez's Uruguay saw the USA finish third in their group - which ultimately cost Berhalter his job.

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Back in January, it had been reported by the Athletic that if Klopp wanted to work in international football, he would consider both the Germany or USMNT jobs. But, it has been confirmed that Klopp has rebuffed their advances, re-affirming his commitment to take a sabbatical from football entirely.

Given Klopp cited burnout as part of the reason for his departure from Anfield in May, it should come as no surprise that the German has turned down the opportunity to jump back into management. However, the news will come as a bitter blow to the US, who looked to have earmarked Klopp as their number one target.

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With the 2026 World Cup drawing closer and closer, the USA will want to make sure their next appointment is a home-run hit.

And after having laid out their criteria for what they want in their next head coach, it's easy to see why. Following Berhalter's dismissal, U.S. Soccer's Sporting Director Matt Crocker told the media he wanted the USA's next head coach to be a "serial winner", and one that could "develop this potential group of players."

"Whether they're from the U.S. or elsewhere, they've got to fit the profile, which is a serial winning coach," Crocker said.

"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."