Talk of Jurgen Klopp managing Germany, or Bayern Munich someday has been around for a long while, and it’s a discussion that will probably never go away as long as the German is managing football games. Bayern and German national team legend Franz Beckenbauer is nicknamed “Der Kaiser,” and that tells you all that you need to know about the weight his opinion carries.
Kaiser Beckenbauer would like to see the Liverpool manager lead Bayern someday, saying: “Jurgen Klopp at FC Bayern. That would be the highlight. Jurgen was the one who taught the Germans how to play football quickly.”
Klopp, who just knocked the Bavarian giants out of the UEFA Champions League this past week, has plenty of experience beating Bayern from his days with both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund. However, he’s not looking to move to Munich at this time and he said so in the most respectful way possible to Beckenbauer.
“There is no bigger legend in Germany than Franz Beckenbauer,” Klopp said in response to Beckenbauer’s remarks. “It feels great he speaks positively about me. It is just like the king with his sword calling a man ‘sir’.”
Then Klopp changed his tone.
“So far, it has worked out, and hopefully it will last a lot longer. That would be cool,” the Reds boss continued.
“We are very happy about the situation and very positive about the future. We are fine with what we’ve done so far, but now we have to finish the season the best way possible.”
“It is a big opportunity. We have improved a lot, but people judge it only on winning titles. We know that, but we can change it in the future.”
Liverpool FC at Fulham FYIs
Kickoff: Sunday, March 17, 2:15 PM local, Craven Cottage
Injury Report for both sides: go to this link
Form Guide: Fulham- LLLLLL Liverpool- DDWDWW
Odds to qualify via Sky Bet: Liverpool win 1/4, Draw 5/1, Fulham win 10/1
Google Result Probability: Liverpool win 76%, Draw 17%, Fulham win 7%
Prediction: Liverpool 4, Fulham 0
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