Klopp would suit Premier League, says Ballack

The outgoing Borussia Dortmund boss has been linked with both Manchester City and Liverpool, and the ex-Germany captain feels a move to England would be shrewd

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes Jurgen Klopp would be suited to a role in the Premier League after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp is set to leave the Bundesliga outfit at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with both Liverpool and Manchester City.

And Ballack feels Klopp’s open-mindedness and grasp of the English language means it would make sense for him to take a job in England.

“There is that speculation and it would fit for him to go to England someday,” he told SID.

“He coached one of the best clubs in Germany. He is an open-minded coach, who gets appreciation on an international basis for his success and the way he coaches.

“Plus, he speaks English. There are signs that it will happen.”

During his own time in England, Ballack was part of the Chelsea side that lost to Manchester United in the Champions League final of 2008.

But since that all-Premier League final the performances of British sides in the competition have declined, culminating in a quarter-final line-up in 2014-15 devoid of any sides from England’s top-flight.

And former Germany captain Ballack is hopeful the current situation surrounding English clubs in Europe does not last long as he believes they are not far behind the likes of Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

“I hope this is just a moment, because I am still linked intensively to English football. Yet I think this reflects the current situation pretty well,” he added.

“Clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and the two clubs from Manchester are not that far behind Barcelona, Bayern or Real [Madrid], who manage to get into the semi-finals regularly.

“This is where the English have to improve. They have to reinforce and I think there will be investments.”