Jurgen Klopp has admirers at Germany after they sacked Hansi Flick

Jurgen Klopp is likely to REJECT the Germany job if offered it, as he vows to honour his contract at Anfield despite having admirers at the German FA after they sacked Hansi Flick

  • Germany sacked manager Hansi Flick following their dismal 4-1 loss to Japan 
  • Officials admire Jurgen Klopp and are weighing up a move ahead of the Euros 
  • But the Liverpool boss is committed to the Reds and wants to honour his deal 

Jurgen Klopp is admired by Germany ahead of Euro 2024 after they sacked Hansi Flick as manager on Sunday – but the 56-year-old is committed to Liverpool and would want to honour his contract at Anfield before thinking of taking charge of the national team.

The Germans were humbled in a 4-1 thrashing to Japan, captained by Liverpool midfielder Wataru Endo, on Saturday and instantly acted to part company with former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick.

Klopp’s name was immediately thrown into the conversation as a successor, alongside another ex-Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann and Oliver Glasner who impressed at Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg. Rudi Voller is taking interim charge.

And though Klopp would not rule out a move in the future, the Liverpool boss is likely to say no to managing Germany in their home European Championships next summer, with him having three years remaining on his Anfield deal.

Reports in Germany suggested that the association is ‘enamoured’ with Klopp and are weighing up a move for the Liverpool boss at the end of this season. But Nagelsmann, who is still legally under contract at Bayern, is said to be the favourite.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admirers with the German FA after they sacked Hansi Flick

Flick was axed after Germany’s humiliating 4-1 defeat to Japan, with national team director Rudi Voller (right) and DFB president Bernd Neuendorf telling him he was leaving

In an interview this summer, Klopp 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.’

The former Mainz and Dortmund boss added: ‘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.’

Former captain Lothar Matthaus said in 2020: ‘When you talk about possible candidates, there is only one person that everyone would want in the future, and that is Jurgen Klopp. He is extremely successful, personable and equally popular with fans and the media.’

In a statement on Sunday, German FA chief Bernd Neuendorf said parting ways with Flick was ‘one of the most difficult decisions of my time in office’.

Klopp is likely to say no to any approach from Germany after committing to Liverpool

Germany are short of confidence and without a manager just a year out from hosting Euro 2024 following their capitulation against Japan

‘The committees agreed that the Men’s Senior National Teamneeds new impetus after the recent disappointing results,’ he said. ‘We need a spirit of optimism and confidence in our own country. 

‘For me personally, it is one of the most difficult decisions of my time in office so far. Because I appreciate Hansi Flick and his assistant coaches as football experts and people. But sporting success is the top priority for the DFB. So the decision was inevitable.’

Germany director Voller was damning about the manner in which the team crumbled against Japan, calling it a ‘disgrace’ and that he would speak to Flick on Sunday, shortly before his dismissal. 

He said: ‘We’re all still in shock. Losing 4-1 is a disgrace. We all should take a good look at ourselves and then see what happens next. We would all do well to sleep on it tonight.

‘I just spoke to Hansi – he’s deeply affected. We’ll talk tomorrow (Sunday) about why that happened. That was an embarrassment.’


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