The German FA will reportedly overlook Thomas Tuchel as they want Jurgen Klopp to be the next Germany boss but may have to look elsewhere.
Current Germany boss Hansi Flick is now on borrowed time. Die Mannschaft failed to make it out of the group stage for the second World Cup running. A shock 2-1 defeat to Japan in their opening fixture saw them up against it.
And a 4-2 triumph over Costa Ricca in their final match was not enough following a 1-1 draw with Spain.
It left the European heavyweights in third spot after Japan’s stunning victory over the Spanish.
Unsurprisingly, the German media have already begun speculating on who will replace Flick.
The 57-year-old has been in the job since August 1 last year when he replaced Joachim Low at the helm.
But, although it seems as though he will be given a stay of execution, a change at the top is inevitable.
Liverpool chief Klopp is the obvious choice. The 55-year-old is the pre-eminent German manager in world football.
He won the Bundesliga twice while in charge of Borussia Dortmund. And the Stuttgart-born tactician also guided the Reds to their first Premier League crown in 2019-2020.
He has reached three Champions League finals while at Anfield, winning Europe’s elite club competition in 2018-19.
Add to that an FA Cup and EFL Cup success and it is clear why he is valued so highly on Merseyside.
Reports suggest the German FA want Klopp but he is under contract with the north-west giants until 2026.
And, earlier his week, his agent, Marc Kosicke, made it clear that his client intends to honour his Liverpool deal. That leaves the Germans in a quandary.
Klopp a future Germany boss but doubts over Tuchel
Tuchel is currently available after being sacked by Chelsea back in September.
However, German FA president Bernd Neuendorf is apparently against the idea of employing the former Paris Saint-German boss.
He feels that Tuchel could be too high maintenance. And the 49-year-old is said to have a strained relationship with his nation’s football federation.
Fans will point to his record at club level, with two Ligue 1 titles while at the PSG helm. And he also lifted the Champions League trophy just four months after taking over at Stamford Bridge.
However, managing a national team is very different from the day-to-day operations at club level.
That appears to be the federation’s concerns about hiring the man from Krumbach.
Klopp would be a popular choice among the fans and his personality would endear him to the supporters.
But the pull to Liverpool and will to bring further silverware to the club will be tough for the authorities to break.
Germany willing to wait for Klopp
Liverpool have struggled to hit the expected heights this term and sat sixth in the standings prior to the World Cup break.
And Klopp’s future at Anfield has been called into question in recent times. That is down to a combination of results and the fact the club is now up for sale.
But prising him away from Liverpool will be a tough task due to the obvious bond between manager and club.
Tuchel’s name is likely to be included in the search for the next Germany boss. But he comes with baggage and has already aimed a dig at the German FA, suggesting it needs restructuring.
Reports claim he would probably turn down the job if offered it – but that choice seems a long way off.