Barcelona respond to Jurgen Klopp link as Xavi's replacement

 

Jurgen Klopp Manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on February 04, 2024 in London, England.

Barcelona’s sporting director, Deco, has described Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a ‘great coach’ as the Spanish champions begin their search to replace Xavi.

Last month, Xavi announced that he will step down as Barcelona’s head coach at the end of the season, giving the club several months to find his successor.

Klopp, meanwhile, has also confirmed he will be leaving Liverpool this summer after nine years at Anfield.

Despite insisting that he will take a year out of football, Klopp has already been linked with a move to Camp Nou this summer.

When asked about a potential move for the Liverpool manager, Deco told La Vanguardia: ‘He’s a great coach but I don’t think it’s the right time to talk about that.

‘The new coach will want to make changes but first we will have to explain the project and the ideas. There are many options.’

Asked about Thiago Motta and Rafa Marquez, who have also been linked with Barcelona, Deco replied: ‘I don’t follow Motta’s work much because he’s not in an Italian team that I usually watch.

‘I do follow Marquez because he is here. He is a young coach who is growing in the face of difficulties. Being here will make him a better coach.’

Speaking more broadly about Xavi’s successor, Deco said: ‘He has to follow a line of work, we will hardly be a team that doesn’t want to play well, that doesn’t want to have the ball.

‘Starting from that idea, each coach has his own characteristics, but whoever comes in has to have the ambition and hunger to do great things. And he must know where he is coming from.’

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