Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s savage response over next Man Utd manager

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to comment on speculation linking Mauricio Pochettino with the Manchester United job and instead insisted: "I didn't think about them for a second".

Reports suggest Pochettino has entered talks with United over their vacant managerial position, which became available when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday.

Solskjaer paid the price for a miserable run of five defeats in seven league matches, the latest of which saw them trounced 4-1 away at Watford on Saturday.

Now Pochettino, who is currently in charge of Paris St-Germain, appears the frontrunner to replace the Norwegian at Old Trafford.

At his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash with Porto on Wednesday, Klopp was asked what Pochettino should expect if he takes the reins of a 'Big Six' club like he did at Anfield in 2015.

But the German said: "Sorry, I'm really not prepared for that question.

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"I didn't think about Man United for a second and I didn't think about the impact a manager has or should have since six years [ago], when I had to think about these kind of things.

"Sorry, it was a long question, but I don't have an answer for that."

According to Manchester Evening News, PSG are demanding £10million in compensation from United for Pochettino.

After forking out £7.75million to relieve Solskjaer of his duties, that means Old Trafford chiefs will be set to pay £18million for their mid-season managerial change.

In a statement confirming Solskjaer's departure on Sunday, the club revealed that Michael Carrick is taking temporary charge of first-team affairs while they "look to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season".

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Yet, Pochettino's potential availability would seemingly scupper any plans to bring in an interim manager for the remainder of the current campaign.

The Argentine is closing in on a return to English football two year after he was sacked by Tottenham, whom he guided to their first ever Champions League final just five months prior.

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