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Jurgen Klopp ends Liverpool speculation by confirming break

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has announced that he is to take a indefinite break from football, amid speculation he could replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool this summer.

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The 47-year-old German managed Dortmund for the last time on Saturday as die Schwarzgelben went down 3-1 to Wolsburg in the DFP Pokal final in Berlin.

With much talk over the future of Rodgers at Liverpool after a disappointing season, Klopp was amongst the favourites to take his job should the club’s owners sack him this summer.

“I will take a break until further notice,” Klopp is reported to have told Sky Sport News (Germany).

“After seven intensive and emotional years of ‘real love’ it makes sense to digest the uncountable memories before I and my coaching team take over a new challenge fresh and highly motivated.”

Reports at the weekend suggested Liverpool are “exploring alternatives to Rodgers” with a thorough review of 2014/15’s failings expected this week.

Rodgers is 4/7 to still be Liverpool manager on the opening day of 2014/15, and 5/4 not to be with Paddy Power

Klopp is still 11/8 favourite to be the next permanent Liverpool manager, whilst former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is 6/1.

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