Germany have 'dream' to appoint Jurgen Klopp as manager with potential twist for Liverpool
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Germany have a 'dream' to replace Hansi Flick with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, according to a journalist - but there is a potential twist involved for the Reds.
Flick's position was placed under severe pressure on Saturday after Germany suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Japan.
But he was backed to continue in his role by the German FA, with the national side then beating Peru 2-0 in March.
However, things have gone from bad to worse since then. Germany have lost four of their last five matches, including home defeats to Colombia and Belgium.
They were also defeated 1-0 in Poland, with Japan the latest side to inflict more misery on Flick and his coaching staff.
After the 4-1 loss, Flick was sacked as Germany manager, with the nation's football federation looking for a new boss ahead of hosting Euro 2024 next year.
Now, more details about his potential successor have emerged.
Germany have 'dream' to appoint Liverpool boss Klopp
According to German outlet Bild, Louis van Gaal, Julian Nagelsmann and Miroslav Klose are among the candidates to replace Flick if he is sacked.
But one other option is Klopp, with the national team federation having previously approached him over the role.
In 2021, the Liverpool boss stated in a press conference that he would 'not be available' to take the job, citing his current and ongoing commitments at Anfield. Since then, Klopp has signed a new contract until 2026.
But one element of any job offer from Germany could potentially change his mind.
According to journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, Germany have a 'dream' to appoint Klopp as their new manager. It is claimed, however, that rather than appointing him outright, they would consider an offer that would allow him to remain in charge of Liverpool at the same time.
While Fjortoft believes that the 56-year-old would turn that deal down, the German FA may be able to convince him to take up such an approach.
The Germans’ dream is Klopp.— Jan Aage Fjørtoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 💛💙 (@JanAageFjortoft) September 9, 2023
Probably tell him he can do BOTH Liverpool and German.
But guess he will turn that down https://t.co/f5Y92EkHCk
While managers taking a dual club and country role at the same time is uncommon, it has happened before.
Sir Alex Ferguson briefly took charge of the Scotland national team between 1985 and 1986, while he was also at Aberdeen, after the passing of Jock Stein.
And the legendary Turkish boss Fatih Terim took charge of Galatasaray and Turkey at the same time on no fewer than three occasions. Whether Klopp joins them on that relatively small list remains to be seen.