When Joachim Löw announced that he would be stepping down as coach of the German National Team last week, speculation quickly turned to whether Jürgen Klopp, in the midst of his most difficult run since joining Liverpool, might take the job.
Klopp, though, was quick to reject any speculation. And if there was any doubt or chance the situation might have changed over the past week, his agent Marc Kosicke has reiterated Klopp’s stance when asked about the manager’s future by the German press.
“If Jürgen says that so clearly, then he will stand by it,” said Kosicke. “Besides, he’s not finished with his work in Liverpool. Jürgen still has a three-year contract with the Reds. He made this very clear so that there would be no room for speculation.”
Liverpool have been in relegation for since the calendar ticked over to 2021, but there is little doubt that no matter how the season plays out he will retain full backing and be given the chance to strengthen over the summer and go again next season.
As for the national team job, it’s possible that another of Kosicke’s clients, former Red Bull head of sport and development Ralf Rangnick—who has signalled he would be open to taking it—could end up there. Klopp, though, will be staying at Liverpool.
“Jürgen has always emphasized that in recent years he could be available at some point if the DFB is looking for a coach and he is not looking after a club,” Kosicke added. “Since the latter is not the case, that is out of the question now.”