Jurgen Klopp rejected approach from Germany to replace Hansi Flick

Will Castle
10 months ago

Jurgen Klopp turned down an approach from Germany before the decision was made to appoint Julian Nagelsmann as manager.

Germany had been searching for a replacement for Hansi Flick, who was removed from his post following a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Japan on home soil two weeks ago.

And according to multiple reputable sources, including Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph and Paul Joyce of the Times, Klopp was the German Football Association’s (DFB) first choice to replace Flick, making an effort to sound him out - only for the Reds manager to rule himself out of the position.

Germany were left in no doubt about the Liverpool manager's unavailability, and consequently turned to former Bayern Munich manager Nagelsmann.

Turning down the chance to lead his nation into a host European Championships, Klopp's commitment to his role at Liverpool remains unwavering, and fully intends to serve the entirety of his current contract, which expires in 2026.

Klopp's stark rejection of the Germany job supports his comments from earlier this year, in which he addressed murmurs of a return to his homeland.

"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 peaked his interest 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."

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