It was just a bunch of rumors, but now things are getting serious. Per The Mirror, sources within Liverpool suspect that Jurgen Klopp is ready to say yes if offered the chance to coach Germany. He’s the frontrunner for the job at the moment, even ahead of Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick. English sources aren’t the only ones reporting it, since Bild (via Sky) also reports that the former Borussia Dortmund manager is ready to take over his national team.
When these rumors first came up a few months ago, it seemed easy to dismiss them. Klopp was very secure in his place as the boss of Liverpool FC, and the Reds were looking to win their second Premier League title on the trot. Now, it feels like the Liverpool project isn’t going as smoothly as hoped, as injuries and a lack of investment have taken a toll on Kloppo’s title-winning side. While they still have a strong chance of winning the Champions League this season, defending their EPL title seems impossible.
There have been whispers that this is the same problem that plagued BVB in Klopp’s last season, where they eventually missed out on UCL qualification. Maybe that would be enough reason for Klopp to move on, and hand the reigns to a new manager like he did back then.
For us fans of Bayern Munich, these rumors are a good sign, since it means that the DFB have stopped actively courting Hansi Flick for the job. Flick has repeatedly said that he’s happy working at Bayern, and despite reports of tension behind the scenes (with Brazzo especially) it seems unlikely that he would leave the club so soon. For the DFB, Klopp would be the perfect alternative.
For Klopp, a NT job would be a good opportunity to expand his trophy cabinet with some international silverware, plus get away from the hectic schedules of club football. After the insane season he’s just had, you can see why it would be appealing. He would be able to work with some incredible talent at Germany, including veterans like Thomas Muller (who should be called back up) and up-and-coming talents like Jamal Musiala (who has already declared for Germany).
With players like Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner, and so many more — Klopp already has a ready-made squad that will already be familiar with his patented gegenpressing system from their respective teams and coaches at club level. Having already worked with guys like Hansi Flick and Julian Nagelsmann, it would take little effort for a manager such as Klopp to whip these boys into a proper title winning team. If the DFB can pull this off, it would be something amazing. Joachim Low needs to go.