Jurgen Klopp to 'take a break' from football after Borussia Dortmund departure

Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp
Image: Jurgen Klopp: Will take a break from football 'until further notice'

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to take a break from the game after "seven intense and emotional years" with the German club.

Klopp, who has been linked with taking over at Liverpool, made his decision after talks with his agent Marc Kosicke on Monday.

"After seven intense and emotional years, I think it's a good idea to let the numerous memories settle in before I take on a new challenge with my coaching team, refreshed and fully motivated," Klopp said in a statement published by Germany's SID agency.

"I'm going to take a break until further notice."

Klopp, 47, is leaving after having taken over in 2008 and leading Dortmund to the Bundesliga title in 2011. 

He won a domestic league and cup double in 2012 while also adding two German Super Cups to the club's collection, and a Champions League final appearance in 2013.

Borussia Dortmund fans say goodbye to Jurgen Klopp
Image: Borussia Dortmund fans say goodbye to Jurgen Klopp

"The pain of leaving is slowly sinking in, it really hurts," said Klopp after his final game, a 3-1 German Cup final defeat by Wolfsburg on Saturday.

"I've just tried to express my thanks to each of my players because it has been an extraordinary pleasure and a huge honour to be able to work with them. 

"It's difficult for me to let go. Now there won't be a Cup party, just a farewell party."

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