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Jürgen Klopp has already given Liverpool his word but Barcelona truth should be clear

“It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy,” Jürgen Klopp said when explaining his decision to step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the current season. That news has only just begun to sink in for many connected to Anfield.

“I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.”

As the search for a replacement ramps up, with Xabi Alonso perhaps the leading contender, speculation about where Klopp might head next, despite his pretty clear intentions, is inevitable. In fact, that has already begun.

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Journalist Gerard Moreno, reporting via Twitch, has suggested that the German could be tempted to move to Barcelona, where Xavi has announced he too will be stepping down in the summer. Former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz is among those to believe that Klopp could pitch up at Bayern Munich next season, with Thomas Tuchel under pressure.

But the reality is clear: Klopp will be taking a break. The only reason that he is cutting his stint at Liverpool short by two years (his contract was set to expire in 2026) is that he is tired. He needs a rest and has explained that several times.

“I will not manage a club or a country at least for a year; that’s not possible,” Klopp said when announcing that he planned to leave. “I cannot do that and I don’t want to. That’s all.”

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