LONDON: Jurgen Klopp may step out of Liverpool in the summer of 2022 to handle the German national team, BILD reports.
The 53-year-old operator last week confirmed he had no plans to leave the club in the near future despite speculations circulating about his ‘broken relationship with the players’ as well as Germany’s readiness to consider his future. The German newspaper also questioned when Klopp would ‘leave a mark’ at Anfield following four consecutive defeats at home despite his contract until 2024.
BILD reports that there is a 68 per cent chance for Klopp to take over the current German manager job from Joachim Low after the World Cup in Qatar next year.
Klopp is said to be clear with plans that he will return to Germany and take into account the duration of the situation, it is likely that he will leave Liverpool next summer taking into account the six-month leave allocation in early 2023.
This will add incentives for Klopp to steer Germany who will host the European tournament next year.
The newspaper also did not rule out the possibility of Klopp stepping out this summer due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the club’s current position, but supporters and owners of Fenway Sports Group still support it and this means that the percentage may be small.
Klopp has made outstanding strides in Liverpool since taking over from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015. Two years ago, he led the team to the Champions League title for the last time in 2005 by beating Tottenham on the final stage in Madrid.
He also helped the Reds win their first league title since the last time 30 years ago, but it seems difficult for them to defend the title when they are 19 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Klopp also admitted that the Reds were unable to defend the title following the defeat at the hands of Leicester two weeks ago, but spoke to the media last week, insisting he had no intention of leaving the club despite the declining domestic performance of the Reds.
“Am I being fired or am I leaving the team voluntarily? I don’t have to reveal it,” Klopp said.
“What is clear is that we are facing a difficult time, it has been going on for a long time and we can definitely overcome it 100 percent as a family.
“I do not think I need special support at the moment but it is a good thing. I do not need to rest. I am very energetic. I can see an interesting challenge. We will show it through football, we will go through together by fighting with what we have.
“That’s his plan. No one should worry about me. We do it for the supporters. I can feel the responsibility when things are not going as planned,” he said.