Jurgen Klopp turns down USA managerial role as German boss sticks to Liverpool promise

Former Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly turned down an offer from the United States to become their manager.

The Independent disclosed on Thursday that the United States Soccer Federation reached out to Klopp about the role, which would be his first since leaving Liverpool. Following the dismissal of coach Gregg Berhalter on Wednesday after close to six years in charge, Klopp was supposedly the leading choice for sports director Matt Crocker. However according to The Athletic, Klopp "politely declined" the opportunity, keen to honour the promise he made to Liverpool supporters to take a year-long break from football.

Klopp, who led Liverpool to Premier League glory in 2020, announced his departure back in January, confessing he was 'running out of energy'. Despite rumours linking him to the Germany position, it appears Klopp is set to continue his break.

During his resignation in January, Klopp expressed: "I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything," He then added: "But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take.

"It is that I am running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.", reports the Mirror.

Last summer, the previous US boffin Berhalter was put back in place until 2026, however his return has been marred with disappointing outcomes. This came to a head with an abysmal group-stage knockout at the Copa America, concluding with a 2-1 calamity against Panama.

Gregg Berhalter
Gregg Berhalter -Credit:Getty Images

Solemnly accepting the results, Berhalter stated on Wednesday: "The Copa America result is extremely disappointing and I take full responsibility for our performance. Our approach and process was always focused on the 2026 World Cup and I remain confident that this group will be one of the great stories in 2026."

Further adding fuel to the fire, The Athletic's coverage indicated that the USSF still considers Klopp a noteworthy candidate for management, sparking speculations between the two entities earlier this year.

While Klopp acknowledges he'll eventually get back into football, the USSF will bet on the international game's less demanding schedule winning him over. "It's out of the question that I'll stop working altogether," Klopp stated post his Liverpool departure. "But I don't see myself continuing at the same pace as before at the moment."