With Barcelona boss Luis Enrique out of contract at the end of this season, and insisting that he has “no interest” in discussing a renewal, Barca chiefs are sounding out potential replacements – and Jurgen Klopp’s exploits at Liverpool have not gone unnoticed.
After an impressive start to this season – emphasised by Manchester United having to park the bus at Anfield last night – bookmaker Paddy Power has cut the odds on Klopp succeeding Enrique to just .
That makes Klopp second only to Everton boss and long-term target Ronald Koeman who’s in the field – and ahead of a return for Barca golden boy Pep Guardiola at .
Current Tottenham gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is also short-priced in the field at , while a reunion with glorious former playmaker Xavi comes in at .
Punters fancying a certain Mr Guillem Balague to finally put his money where his mouth is, can find him at mammoth to take the helm at the Nou Camp.
However, Barcelona won’t be the only attractive proposition likely to test Klopp’s loyalty to the Reds, as he is short-priced to be offered the Germany job after the 2018 World Cup.
He is priced at just 3/1 to take over from Joachim Low after the tournament in Russia.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Jurgen has long been destined for a Klopp job – and surely even Liverpool fans, like me, would concede that Barcelona is a step up.
“And, if he isn’t swayed by an approach from Catalonia, then the passionate boss must be top of Germany’s list for managers after Low.”