Bayern Munich and Germany legend Manuel Neuer has suggested two possible job options for Jurgen Klopp after leaving Liverpool at the end of the season.
Klopp will step down from his role as head coach after the conclusion of the 2023/24 campaign, admitting in a surprise announcement that he is 'running out of energy' after over eight years in charge at Anfield.
While speculation is rife over who will follow the German in the dugout at Anfield — with Xabi Alonso the bookmakers' favourite — there is also the question of what Klopp himself will do next.
Speaking after his announcement, the 56-year-old has insisted he will never manage another club in England and committed to taking a sabbatical. However, what comes after that is as yet unknown.
The German national team has been suggested as one possible option by a range of pundits, with World Cup winner Neuer admitting he can 'imagine' Klopp in the role.
However, perhaps more surprisingly, the 37-year-old goalkeeper also said the former Dortmund boss is 'definitely' a candidate for Bayern Munich.
During a visit to a fan club last week, Neuer was asked whether Klopp could manage Bayern, replying: "I think it depends on him.
"I don't think FC Bayern has anything against that, because he’s a renowned, very good, experienced, tactically astute coach who has gained big respect from all footballers and athletes and I believe that he's definitely a potential candidate who could work for Bayern at some point.
"Whether he wants to do that is of course his business. Maybe he wants to take a break first. Maybe he no longer wants the day-to-day business - I can imagine him possibly being the national team coach one day. Of course, that mainly depends on him."
Klopp managed Neuer's rivals Dortmund between 2008 and 2015 and is still the last coach to win the Bundesliga with a club other than Bayern back in 2012.
Since then, Bayern have won 11 league titles in a row, but currently sit second in the table behind Leverkusen (managed by Alonso), with head coach Thomas Tuchel under pressure.
Speaking on the possibility of joining Bayern Munich back in 2022, Klopp said: "I could have gone to Bayern a few times, I could have won more titles in my life, pretty sure I would say - I didn't do it.
"I had a contract here and I never went to Bayern. That's completely fine. The world is not full of winners, the world is full of triers hopefully. And I try and sometimes I win with some other people together. I am happy with that."
Meanwhile, he is on record as describing the German national team job as a 'great honour'.