Juventus have identified Jurgen Klopp as a potential managerial appointment if Max Allegri leaves the club in the summer, per Tuttosport via Football Italia.
The Liverpool boss is currently in the midst of a title race, with the Reds level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City at the top of the table, though they have a game in hand on the champions.
Tuttosport claim that Allegri’s job could be in doubt if Juventus lose to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
This despite the fact that Juve, spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, are currently 11 points clear at the top of Serie A and are yet to lose a domestic game.
The report claims that former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and France manager Didier Deschamps – who has managed Juve before and also played for the club – are also candidates to take the role if Allegri is axed.
Klopp, however, is also name-checked as a potential appointment despite a “solid relationship” between the manager and the Reds.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has been at Anfield since 2015 but he has yet to win a trophy – the hope, of course, on Merseyside, is that he is victorious in the Premier League title race this season.
Extricating Klopp from Liverpool may well prove mission impossible for Juve.
Of course, he may not have won anything yet, but Klopp has helped turn Liverpool into genuine contenders once again, even guiding the club to the Champions League final last season. That game, it can be argued, was only lost due to two goalkeeping howlers from Loris Karius.
The German has been backed to the hilt by the Reds’ board and they are well-placed to win the Premier League title this season.
Juventus, then, would have to put together a mighty package to tempt Klopp away.
After all, he is fingertips away from achieving his aims with Liverpool and Klopp is not the sort of manager to leave a job half-finished.