For years, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been touted as the natural successor to Joachim Low as Germany’s national team manager.
Low took over as Germany manager in 2006 but revealed on Tuesday that he would step down after Euro 2020 this summer. There has been speculation that Klopp could succeed the 61-year-old, who led his country to World Cup glory in 2014 and finished second in Euro 2008.
The Liverpool manager is under contract until 2024 and has previously stated that he intends to continue until the end of his contract.
Low’s move, however, could provide Klopp with a significant opportunity to lead his country’s football team and gain experience in international management, given that the German job has been vacant for 15 years.
Over the years, the 53-year-old has been asked numerous times about the possibility of taking on the job and has provided some intriguing responses. Here’s what Klopp had to say about assuming the Germany captaincy.
When Klopp was first linked to the German head coach job in 2014, he was still at Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp acknowledged the job was a “very appealing proposition” after Germany was knocked out of the World Cup.
“If they were excited about me playing for the national team at some stage, I’d probably think about it,” he said, “but a lot of things would have to fall into place for that to happen.”