Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rules himself out of Germany job

Current boss Joachim Low will step down following this summer’s European Championships

Ben Burrows
Tuesday 09 March 2021 15:34
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of the running to replace Joachim Low as manager of Germany.

Low, who guided his country to the World Cup back in 2014, announced on Tuesday that he will step down from his role after this summer’s rearranged European Championships.

Liverpool boss Klopp was immediately installed as one of the favourites to replace him but was unequivocal when asked about the opening.

“Am I available for the job after the summer? No,” he said speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 second-leg tie with RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

“I have three years left at Liverpool, that’s a simple statement, a simple situation.

“You sign a contract and you normally try to stick to that contract don’t you? I had a contract in Mainz where I stuck with them even though there was interest from other Bundesliga teams with more money.

“It is just timing and if it doesn’t work out you don’t have to lose any sleep over it.

“Someone else will do the job and I am pretty sure with the amount of really good German managers at the moment the German FA will find a good solution.”

Low took over from Jurgen Klinsmann in August 2006 and went on to guide Die Mannschaft to World Cup success in 2014, when they memorably defeated hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.

“Jogi Low did an incredible job for so many years, I think he is the longest servant we had in Germany but for sure one of the most successful,” added Klopp.

“I understand that he wants to have this highlight for him of the European Championships and try to squeeze everything out that he can from this tournament.”

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