Klopp open for role in Germany team but “timing is not right”

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has clarified his stance on the Germany job following the negative reaction he received from supporters. Earlier, the Liverpool boss said that his is “not available” for the position that Joachim Low, who will step down as the head coach after 15 years in charge, will leave after the pandemic-postponed Euro 2020 this summer.

“The important thing is: I didn’t say that I didn’t want to become a national coach, but that I couldn’t – that is a huge difference,” Klopp told a news outlet. “It would without question be a great honor. But this is my sixth year in Liverpool and there is a very clear commitment. I have an important role here and I’ve built incredible relationships with people I work with on a daily basis.”

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. It is learnt that Klopp has three years to run on his current deal at Liverpool. Klopp and RB Leipzig boss Nagelsmann, who is also being linked in the role, have both ruled themselves out of the job.

Klopp felt Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick “would fill the role excellently” if interested. But, Ralf Rangnick stands out as his favourite candidate. “I think Ralf Rangnick is an extraordinary coach, especially for an association [the DFB] in which they have been trying to change things for years,” said Klopp. “Ralf could push a lot of things.

Rangnick, who masterminded Leipzig’s rise from the fifth tier of German football to the Bundesliga, has signalled his interest. “It’s a job that leaves no one in Germany indifferent. At the moment I am free,” he told a news portal. Meanwhile, Germany team director Oliver Bierhoff ruled out the possibility of a foreign coach leading the national team for the first time.

“I see little chance for a foreign coach. As the German national team, we should have a German coach,” said Bierhoff. We have good German coaches here and abroad. We have absolutely no time pressure. It’s an important decision. It is an important decisionand we will take the necessary time,” Bierhoff added claiming that the German Board is not in a hurry of looking for a new coach.

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. Low’s Germany 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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