Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Farre has claimed he has held talks with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp regarding potentially taking charge at the Camp Nou in the future.
Ronald Koeman was appointed as new Barca boss earlier this week after Quique Setien was sacked.
The Dutchman signed a two-year deal with the La Liga giants, taking him until at least the end of 2021/22.
Between now and then, though, a new president of the club will be elected. That could mean another change of plans is just around the corner.
And Farre, who is hoping to succeed Josep Bartomeu, has revealed he believed the Catalan side need a Klopp-type character in the hotseat. In fact, he says he has already made contact with Klopp’s representatives.
Speaking to Diario Sport, cited on Goal, Farre said: “If Koeman works and does well, he would be, of course [kept on].
“Obviously, we have our roadmap and we had already started several conversations with Jurgen Klopp, because it seems to us that Barca need such a coach.
“It is an exceptional moment and Koeman is a good solution considering that he is a legend of Barcelona, a benchmark. Because of his character, I think that was what the club needed now. I wish him the best because the challenge is huge.”
Could Barca change Klopp’s plans?
Farre’s comments come as somewhat of a surprise after Klopp revealed plans to take a break from football at the end of his current deal with Liverpool.
The German is contracted until the summer of 2024, by which point he will have been at Anfield for just shy of nine years.
After that, the 53-year-old says he intends to enjoy a period out of the sport before assessing whether he wants to return to management.
“I’ll take a year off and ask myself if I miss football. If I say no, then that will be the end of coach Jurgen Klopp,” he said. It is not clear whether Klopp would be interested in taking over at Barcelona at this stage.
It is no surprise that the Spaniards would chase Klopp though, given the impact he has had on the Reds. Since joining in 2015, he has won a Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and ended their long wait for a Premier League title.
With Barcelona currently in ‘crisis’, Farre is probably hoping the German would have a similarly transformative effect on the Blaugrana.