Thank Fowler for the rumor mongers, giving us poor content providers something new (or in this case, freshly recycled) to discuss. Jürgen Klopp is once again being floated around as a possible replacement for German men’s national team manager Joachim Löw, when Löw’s contract runs out in 2022.
Klopp is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, managers in world football. It goes without saying that he’s one of the best, if not the best, managers from football powerhouse Germany.
There is a perfectly natural desire for those who care about German football to hand over the reins of the men’s national team to Kloppo. It has been rumored in the past, and will likely continue to be a rumor going into the foreseeable future.
Of course, Klopp just signed a contract extension with Liverpool. He had previously agreed to be with the Merseyside club until the summer of 2022, and now he’ll be at Liverpool until 2024.
This is not to say that Kloppo will definitely see out his contract at Liverpool, but it seems unlikely that he’d jump ship after just signing a new deal in the fall.
There is also the question of whether or not Klopp would want to be the national team manager. While the position comes with prestige, it also comes with the utmost scrutiny. Plus, he would not get the same ability to train players week-in and week-out, so his training and tactics might not translate as well to the international stage.
On the other hand, Klopp said he doesn’t want to be an “old manager.” He will be 57-years-old when his contract runs out in 2024. If he wants to “slow down” first before retiring, a national team role would probably suit him.
The point is, this is probably nothing to worry about in the short-term. But it is something to talk about while nothing football-related is really happening.