Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of the race to replace Germany head coach Joachim Low, who is all set to leave the national team after the European championship this summer.
The world cup winner announced on Tuesday that he will be stepping down as the head coach after the completion of the EURO 2020. The 61-year-old will leave his post as the head coach of the German national team after 15 years. He achieved tremendous success with the team, with the highlight of his tenure certainly being the 2014 World Cup.
Since 2018, however, he hasn’t been able to deliver a similar kind of success for them, getting eliminated in the group stages of the FIFA world cup, the team continued to perform badly even in the UEFA Nations League and the German fans demanded a change.
Jurgen Klopp, Ralf Ragnick, and his former assistant Hansi Flick are reportedly among the favorites to replace the outgoing Germany legend.
The Liverpool manager has however ruled himself out of contention, signaling his will to fight it out at Liverpool, who are in all sorts of trouble at the moment. The defending champions find themselves ninth in the league with no wins in the last 8 games at Anfield, which was once considered a fortress for the champions.
The German however is determined to see his contract out with Liverpool which runs till the summer of 2024. In the pre-match conference ahead of the Leipzig game, which saw the reds finally come back to winning ways, Klopp was asked about the Germany job, to which he said :
If I’m available for the job? No. Jogi Low did an incredible job — he’s the longest servant we’ve ever had in Germany. He did an incredible job.”
“I understand he wants to have this highlight with the European Championship and squeeze everything out he can in the tournament, then someone else will do the job, I’m sure. I’m sure the German FA will find a solution.”
It remains to be seen, however, whether the German coach improves his side before the end of the season as they are currently at risk of not qualifying for the Champions League for next season. If that does happen, Klopp’s role at Liverpool could be in trouble, however, the recent success he has brought to the side might convince the board to keep him on.
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