Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled out speculations of succeeding Joachim Low at Germany national team, saying he is “not available” specially after the Euro League final. Klopp is regarded as one of the best managers in the football world after leading the Reds to Premier League glory last season and to a sixth European Cup in 2019 since moving to Anfield in 2015.
Earlier, the German football association (DFB) has confirmed that Joachim Low will step down as the Germany coach after 15 years in charge. His last major tournament with the team will be the virus-delayed Germany Euro 2020 this summer. Low’s contract was in effect until the end of the 2022 World Cup, but he asked for an early release which has been agreed by the DFB.
“The national team coach asked to end his contract, which originally ran until the 2022 World Cup, immediately upon completion of the European Championship tournament. The DFB agreed to this,” the DFB said in a statement. Low has been a coach to Germany for 189 games, having won 120 and lost 31. The World Cup winning coach expressed his gratitude with the team in a separate statement.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool manager was linked to the role after the announcement. However, the outspoken Liverpool manager immediately ruled out further speculation when asked about it. “If I am available for coach of the German national team in the summer? No. After the summer? No,” Klopp said in an interview. It is learnt that Klopp has three years to run on his current deal at Liverpool.
“I have three years left at Liverpool, that’s a simple statement, a simple situation,” Klopp added. “You sign a contract and you normally try to stick to that contract don’t you? I had a contract in Mainz where I stuck with them even though there was interest from other Bundesliga teams with more money. It is just timing and if it doesn’t work out you don’t have to lose any sleep over it.”
Klopp in the same interview praised Low during his spells in Germany. “Joachim Low did an incredible job for so many years. I think he’s the longest servant we’ve had in Germany and one of the most successful,” Klopp said. “I understand he wants to have this highlight at the European Championship and try to squeeze anything out he can in this tournament and then somebody else will do the job.”
Low will now prepare his squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers from March and the Euro 2020 finals. Germany reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, losing to hosts France. Low’sGermany have qualified for the Euro finals for a record 13th time in a row. Germany has been drawn into a challenging group alongside France, Portugal, and Hungary for Euro 2020, which kicks off in June 2021.
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