Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been linked with the vacant Germany national team job.
Klopp will not manage both Liverpool and Germany at the same time, reports have claimed. The 56-year-old is again linked with managing his country but he will not be mixing it with his role at Anfield.
Germany sacked Hansi Flick on Sunday following a shock 4-1 friendly defeat to Japan less than 24 hours earlier. It was the third successive loss the former Bayern Munich manager has suffered.
Flick was in charge when they lost against Colombia and Poland in June and was winless in his last five matches. The 58-year-old lasted just two years in the role after replacing Joachim Low.
Klopp has long been linked with the Germany job and has only seen talk increase throughout his tenure at Liverpool. He guided the Reds to their first top-flight title in 30 years in 2020 and reached three Champions League finals in his first seven seasons in charge, winning just one.
Former Eintracht Frankfurt striker and Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft suggested over the weekend that German authorities will attempt to lure Klopp, even if it meant taking the national job alongside his Liverpool duties. Fjortoft wrote on X: “The Germans’ dream is Klopp.
“Probably tell him he can do BOTH Liverpool and German. But guess he will turn that down.”
However, Sky Sport Germany says there is no way Klopp will do both jobs at the same time. The news will come as a blow to DFB as that will likely rule Klopp completely out of the running.
He has previously stated he will remain loyal to Liverpool for the length of his contract. Klopp only signed a new deal at Anfield in April 2022 to commit his future to the club until 2026.
Speaking in June, Klopp did not dismiss managing Germany one day. But he insisted he would not quit Liverpool to take the role.
He said: “The job of national coach is and would be a great honour — there’s no question about that. The problem that stands in the way of the whole thing is my loyalty.
“I can’t just leave Liverpool now and say I’ll take over Germany for a short time. That doesn’t work and the request isn’t even there.
“If I’m supposed to do that [manage Germany] at some point, then I have to be available and I’m not currently. I have a responsibility towards the club.
“Basically, it’s an interesting job. But I don’t know yet whether I’ll do something completely different after I leave Liverpool. I want to keep my options open.”