Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ‘top of Barcelona’s shortlist’ to replace Ronald Koeman as the sack looms over the Dutchman following the club’s 3-0 loss to Benfica.
Barca is now bottom of their Champions League group after their second consecutive loss of 3-0 to the club in two matches.
Spanish outlet El Nacional is reporting that Koeman may be in serious trouble after his side’s disappointing start to La Liga.
Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw at Cadiz, while also drawing at home to Granada.
El Nacional also report that Klopp is a part of the Barca hierarchy’s four-man strong shortlist to replace the under pressure Koeman.
The rest of the list includes Roberto Martinez, Belgium manager, Erik Ten Hag and Xavi, a former Barca midfielder who manages Al-Sadd in Qatar.
Klopp is expected to be the hardest of these four, and a release clause may be necessary to take him from Liverpool.
Klopp stated previously that he would like to leave management after he leaves Liverpool. His current contract expires in 2024.
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Sacking Koeman is also less than straight forward and will incur costs that Barcelona may not have the funds to cover due to their financial issues.
ESport3 reports that Koeman would be owed 6 million Euros if the club stopped him from fulfilling the two-year contract he signed in August 2020.
Koeman does, however, have no doubts over the poor start his side have made in Europe so far, telling reporters after the loss to Benfica that: “I’m not going to argue about the level of my team.
“There’s no point in comparing this with Barcelona teams of years gone by. It’s as simple as water.
“I can only give you my opinion of my work at the club – I feel backed by my players and their attitude.”