Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has revealed the club have asked him for a reference on Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool boss Klopp has been linked with the vacant Bundesliga post after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked in the aftermath of last week’s 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.
Former Real Madrid man Christoph Metzelder believes Klopp is ready for the Bayern job and now 28-year-old Hummels says Bayern have asked his opinion of Klopp.
“Regarding Munich, they talked to me and asked me something, I said my opinion, but I don’t know if he’s the most likely candidate for the job or if there is one or two others.
“I have no idea. I will be as curious as all of us, reading newspapers to see what’s going to happen,” said Klopp.
Klopp and Hummels were together for seven years at Borussia Dortmund and the defender is sure Klopp can put things right at Anfield.
“I’m following Jurgen Klopp really closely because of the seven years we had when he coached me at Borussia Dortmund,” added Hummels.
“I was really happy when he had a good start this year, right now it looks a little tough for him and the club. But he and the team will get out of this situation, it’s not too bad but it’s not as good as they wanted it to be.”
Hummels has denied being a “king slayer” after he was reported to be one of the five players who had turned on Ancelotti at Bayern
Earlier this week Bayern president Uli Hoeness claimed that five senior players had turned against Ancelotti, but Hummels, who was left on the bench for the game with PSG, told Bild: “I had no conversation with anyone to say I was dissatisfied because I didn’t play in Paris.
“Five players were talked about and I cannot speak for the other four, but I haven’t had a conversation about being unhappy because I wasn’t playing or anything like this.
“To be called a “king slayer” is out of order. I don’t know how this information originated or if it was written because I did not play. I don’t like it. I just wouldn’t do that.”
Louis van Gaal, Luis Enrique and Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann have all been linked with the post.