Move over Mourinho: Why Jurgen Kloop would be perfect for the Premier League
German coach Jurgen Klopp will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.
Here, we take a look at some of the reasons why the Barclays Premier League would welcome the charismatic 47-year-old with open arms.
Klopp twice took Dortmund to the Bundesliga title and also the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley. His teams have always played an attractive blend of high-tempo, passing football - which proved too much for Arsenal in a couple of their recent European ties.
Like several other younger Premier League managers, Klopp wears his heart on his sleeve - and in 2013 the German was handed a touchline ban by UEFA after angrily confronting the fourth official during a Champions League tie against Napoli.
With a rock-star swagger, trendy glasses and designer stubble, Klopp has already won plenty of friends in the English media following their Champions League successes. His jokes, though, might still need a bit of work, having quipped how "everything has an end, except for a sausage which has two", then bursting out laughing when answering a question on Dortmund's injuries and indifferent form ahead of this season's Champions League match at Arsenal.
WORKING ON A BUDGET
Klopp has produced a winning formula at Dortmund without breaking the bank, masterminding the development of stars like Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze ahead of big-money moves to Bayern Munich. Defender Mats Hummels and midfielder Marco Reus are two others expected to start a summer auction.
Despite having plenty of suitors since proving himself at Dortmund following his appointment in 2007, the former Mainz manager has remained committed to Signal Iduna Park. It was this staunch dedication that saw him lift Die Schwarzgelben from the doldrums and create one of the most formidable squads in Europe.