Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘could replace Southgate as next England manager’

Jurgen Klopp is more likely to replace Gareth Southgate as England boss than become Germany manager in the future, according to reports in his homeland.

Klopp is under contract at Anfield until 2024 when he has hinted he could take a sabbatical from the game. The 54-year-old has been involved in football almost constantly for the last 35 years – bar a brief four-month spell on the sidelines between leaving Borussia Dortmund and taking over at Liverpool in 2015.

The creator of German outlet SportBild doesn't believe Klopp will retire completely in 2024. While he also claims that the Reds boss would be more likely to replace Southgate as England manager than take over his own national team.

That belief comes from his "popularity" within his adopted country and the strong connection he has with several England players, including Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Liverpool also have several impressive England prospects on their books, notably Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones.

Klopp was linked with the Germany job after Euro 2020 but distanced himself from the role prior to Hansi Flick's appointment. The former Bayern Munich boss has worked wonders so far, winning all seven of his games in charge and leading the side to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Coincidentally, given BILD's report, Southgate's England contract is up for renewal in December 2024 after he signed an extension in November. Southgate has presided over some of the country's best displays at major tournaments in a generation, including reaching a World Cup semi-final in 2018 and the European Championship final last year.

According to The Athletic's Liverpool correspondent James Pearce, Klopp has even promised his family that he will take a break from the game after he leaves Anfield. Commenting on his future previously, Klopp said: "The plan at the moment is to get to 2024 and then, ‘Thank you very much’." Klopp says.

Asked what would influence his decision, he added: “If I have the energy level for it. I love what I do, but I said a couple of times that there must be something else out there in the world, apart from always thinking about very skilled, good-looking, fantastically nice football players!

"At the moment I am full of energy but we have to make sure that remains the case. You don’t want to be sitting around tired more often than not thinking, ‘Wow, why is everyone bothered about things out there? I couldn’t care less'."

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