Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the German champions have had a long-standing interest in Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, but the timing has never been right.
The 53-year-old steered the Reds to their first league title in 30 years and in doing so has established himself as one of the best managers in world football.
Bayern were on the lookout for a new coach earlier this season when they parted ways with Niko Kovac, but the excellent work of Hansi Flick in an interim role earned him the job on a permanent basis.
And given their high turnover of managers in recent seasons, Rummenigge conceded that Klopp could’ve previously been an option if the timing was better.
‘Whenever we were looking for a trainer, Jürgen Klopp was under contract,’ Rummenigge told Bild.
‘One should also not forget, we have been blessed with top trainers in recent years, Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and now also Hansi Flick.
‘If you are looking for a trainer, the timing must also be right. I always knew that Jürgen was one of the three or four best coaches in Europe.’
After being crowned Premier League champions last week, Liverpool supporters called for Klopp to be given a lifetime contract.
And when asked if he would commit the rest of his career to the club, the German said: ‘Well a present I can make to our supporters is that I don’t sign a lifetime contract because there will be a time when they don’t want to see me anymore.
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‘But we still have good memories together, so that’s already a promise I won’t sign a lifetime contract.
‘But I will be here for a while.’
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