Jurgen Klopp is one of four candidates being considered by the Bayern Munich hierarchy to take charge next season, according to reports in Germany.
Bayern are currently being managed by Jupp Heynckes until the end of the season, after the Bundesliga champions fired Carlo Ancelotti in October.
The Bavarian giants are said to be looking seriously at four possible permanent successors – and Liverpool boss Klopp is among them.
According to Bild, Klopp ‘is now increasingly exposed to criticism from his club Liverpool’, and his leaving England to return to Germany is not to be discounted.
Klopp is highly respected at Bayern, having built his reputation by coaching a Borussia Dortmund team that regularly challenged for domestic and continental supremacy.
His Dortmund side won the Bundesliga title in successive years in 2011 and 2012, and reached the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley, where they were beaten by Bayern.
The other candidates being considered are reportedly Thomas Tuchel – who succeeded Klopp at Dortmund – Joachim Low, World Cup winning coach of the German national team, and caretaker Heynckes taking the job full time.
Of those three, Tuchel is the likeliest given he is currently unemployed, while Bayern president Uli Hoeness has suggested Heynckes could stay on.
However Heynckes responded by saying he plans to stick to his current agreement and leave Bayern at the end of the season, while any move for Low is complicated by his contract running until 2020.