Bayern Munich have reportedly drawn up a three-man shortlist to replace coach Jupp Heynckes and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been included.
Bild report that Klopp, 50, is a firm admirer of the Bundesliga club, who would not be afraid to make an approach for the former Borussia Dortmund chief.
Klopp is under contract until 2022 at Anfield, having extended the original £15million deal he signed when he arrived in October 2015 in July last year.
The German publication suggests Germany coach Joachim Low is also being considered. Low’s contract runs until 2020, although his future may well depend on how Germany go at next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has also been mentioned as a potential target, while Hoffenheim chief Julian Nagelsmann is not yet seen to have enough Bundesliga experience.
Bayern had a difficult pre-season and started the season unconvincingly, which saw the end of Carlo Ancelotti’s reign in Bavaria. The 72-year-old Heynckes was brought in to replace Ancelotti in October, but he has no intentions of extending his stay beyond the end of the season despite guiding them to the top of the table and into the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Heynckes said Bayern would have no trouble finding an “adequate” permanent coach to replace him before next season, which prompted chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to say: “Jupp declared it, then that’s the case.
“That Jupp wants to abide by his agreement [to leave after this season] is okay.”
So Bayern are on the hunt for a man to succeed Heynckes for a third time, after the Monchengladbach-born coach took charge of Bayern between 1987-91 and 2011-13.