Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday ruled himself out of contention to replace Joachim Loew as manager of Germany, stating that he intended to see his contract at the Premier League champions. The German Football Association said that Lowe would step down from his role as boss of the national team with the delay of Euro 2020, which ends in July.
Loew will leave a year on his deal, which he signed until the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar.
Klopp was immediately established as one of the favorites but the 53-year-old German said he was not available at the Champions League press conference on Tuesday.
“I have three years left in Liverpool, it's a simple statement, a simple situation,” he said.
“You sign a contract and you usually try to stick to that contract? Don't you have it? There was a contract in Meraj where I stuck with them, while other Bundesliga teams with more money. There was interest from.
“It's just time and if it doesn't work then you don't have to lose any sleep over it.”
“Someone else will do the job and I'm pretty sure that the German FA would be a good solution.
Lui, 61, nicknamed “Jogi”, has been in charge of Germany since 2006 and won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But he has faced criticism for three years as the holders were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup in Russia on the group stage.
“Jogi Löw did an incredible job for so many years, I think he is the tallest servant we had in Germany but sure is one of the most successful,” Klopp said.
“I understand that he wants to have this attraction for the European Championship and try to squeeze everything he can from this tournament.”
– Liverpool Meltdown –
Klopp's Liverpool played high-powered RB Leipzig of the Bundesliga in their Champions League second leg final-16 after winning the first leg 2–0 on Wednesday.
Liverpool's “home” match against Leipzig will be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest as a result of the Kovid-19 travel restrictions. It is the same stadium that hosted the first leg.
Klopp, whose team has lost their last six Premier League home games, was asked if Liverpool could become the European champions for the seventh time.
“Two things – quality and football in general,” he said. “You will always have a chance in the next game.
“It's half-time (in a tie), we have to play the game. I have no doubt about it. We'll give it a fair fight, we have 95 minutes to use it.”
And he dismissed the absence of fans during the coronovirus epidemic, which has deprived him of the side of passionate domestic support at Anfield.
“Football wouldn't be the sport we love if nobody could watch it in the stadium,” Klopp said.
“We have missed the fans because we have one of the best atmospheres in the world. This is no excuse, but is in trouble that can help. I can't wait for the day until people are allowed Jati (back). “
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