Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has clarified his comments on becoming Germany manager and hinted that it would be an “honour” to take the job when the time is right.
Current Germany boss Joachim Low is set to leave the post at the conclusion of this summer’s delayed European Championship. Low, 61, has been in charge of Die Mannschaft since 2006.
He lifted the World Cup in 2014 and guided his side to a runners-up spot in Euro 2008. Unsurprisingly, attention immediately turned to a potential successor when news of his decision was made public.
Klopp’s domestic success as a coach both in Germany and England saw his name mentioned in connection with the job. But the former Borussia Dortmund chief quickly ended any speculation that he might leave Anfield later this year.
Klopp is under contract on Merseyside until the end of the 2023-2024 season. He has consistently made it clear he will not leave before the terms of his deal expire.
That means there is no chance of him replacing Low. But the 53-year-old has now explained his choice of words when speaking about the top job.
“The important thing is, I didn’t say that I didn’t WANT to become a national coach, but that I CANNOT. That’s a huge difference,” he told Sport Bild (via Sport Witness).
“There is a very clear commitment. I have an important role here at Liverpool.
“This is my sixth year at Liverpool, and I’ve built an incredible relationship here with people I work with on a daily basis. We rely on each other. Right now, in such a difficult phase, to say from my side: I’ll be gone then? That will not do.”
Klopp spells out responsibilities
Liverpool cruised to the title in 2019-2020 but this season has been tough. A promising beginning to the campaign has been replaced with uncertainty over whether they will finish in the top four.
Klopp won’t abandon a ship that is not sinking but is certainly in need of stabilising. And he was quick to stress that it is all about being in the right place at the right time.
“There is no way to say, ‘oh, national coach, that would be an interesting job’,” he added. “That would be a great honour without question, but the timing is not right.
“I can’t. I am very sorry if I’ve let people down with it, but I can’t just step out of my responsibilities.”