With Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac leaving the club until the end of the season, he has now emerged as a candidate for the Arsenal job.
The club insist Buvac is expected to return to his role in the future, but it has been widely speculated that he will leave the position imminently.
This comes after a reported disintegration in his relationship with Klopp, and according to the Mail head of fitness and conditioning Andreas Kornmayer has taken a more focal presence.
A notoriously quiet character, Buvac thrived in his role as Klopp’s right-hand man, but now reports from his native Bosnia claim he is set to step out on his own.
There is an element of plausibility about this, with former Borussia Dortmund chief scout Sven Mislintat being appointed the Gunners’ head of recruitment in November.
Buvac is said to be back in Bosnia “recharging his batteries” ahead of taking up his new duties at the Emirates this summer.
This would be a bold call by Arsenal, who have been linked with the likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Luis Enrique, Carlo Ancelotti, Patrick Vieira and Brendan Rodgers.
But it does mirror Wenger’s appointment back in 1996 to an extent, with the Frenchman making the move from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus.
For Liverpool, this is an unwelcome sideshow at the most crucial stage of the season, as Klopp prepares his injury-hit side for a Champions League semi-final second leg away to Roma.