Hansi Flick has been axed as Germany manager, putting an end to a torrid spell in charge of the four-time World Cup winners.
Flick saw out his disastrous reign with a shock 4-1 defeat to Japan on Saturday, with Liverpool new boy Wataru Endo captaining the Samurai Blue to a famous victory in Wolfsburg.
Despite having enjoyed unbridled success with Bayern Munich, he leaves the national setup with a measly 48% win rate, winning just 12 of his 25 games in charge since replacing Joachim Low in August 2021.
Germany will now be looking to put Flick's ill-fated reign behind them, hoping to get back on track ahead of their hosting of next summer's European Championships.
And with the appointment of Flick's successor now a top priority, journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft has claimed that Germany are "dreaming" of bringing in Reds boss and eternal managerial target Jurgen Klopp.
Posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, Fjortoft speculated that the DFB may even offer Klopp the chance to co-manage both Liverpool and Germany.
The Germans’ dream is Klopp.
Probably tell him he can do BOTH Liverpool and German.
But guess he will turn that down https://t.co/f5Y92EkHCk
— Jan Aage Fjørtoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 💛💙 (@JanAageFjortoft) September 9, 2023
Of course, this isn't the first time Klopp has been linked with a return to Germany – whether it be to the national team or serial winners Bayern Munich, he's always the reported 'top target' whenever a vacancy opens up.
These claims usually get laughed off by Liverpool fans, confident of their manager's loyalty to the club.
So, is this case any different?
Why Jurgen Klopp won't leave Liverpool for Germany now
In short, Klopp may well be wanted by the German FA but he isn't going anywhere – for now, at least.
The Reds manager is contracted to the club until 2026 and has given no indication that he is looking to up sticks any time before the expiry of his current deal.
Furthermore, Fjortoft admitted that any proposal from Germany would, in all likelihood, be rejected by Klopp.
German outlet BILD meanwhile report that Klopp has already made it clear that he will not take charge of his country for Euro 2024, held in Germany next summer, with Julian Nagelsmann instead considered the favourite to take on the role.
Klopp also, fittingly, addressed murmurs of a return to his homeland earlier this summer, reiterating his commitment to Liverpool while under contract.
"The problem that stands in the way of the whole thing is my loyalty," said Klopp. "I can't just leave Liverpool now and say I'll take over Germany for a short time. That doesn't work and the request isn't even there.
"If I'm supposed to do that at some point, then I have to be available and I'm not currently. I have a responsibility towards the club."
In the same interview, Klopp did admit the role was 'interesting' and left his options open to take over the four-time World Cup winners once his time on Merseyside has come to an end.
He said: "Basically, it's an interesting job. But I don't know yet whether I'll do something completely different after I leave Liverpool. I want to keep my options open."