Jürgen Klopp already hinted at plans after Liverpool as new contract just made future clearer

Jürgen Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the season
Jürgen Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the season -Credit:Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp's future after his Liverpool tenure has become a bit clearer as Julian Nagelsmann, the current manager of the German national team, has signed a new contract.

Klopp, who announced earlier this year that he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, had been linked with several roles, including taking over the German national side. This seemed like a plausible option, especially with Nagelsmann expected to leave his position after Euro 2024 to return to Bayern Munich.

However, in a surprising turn of events, Nagelsmann has decided to extend his contract until the 2026 World Cup. After signing the contract, he expressed his joy saying: "This is a decision of the heart."

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He added: "It is a great honour to be able to train the national team and work with the best players in the country. With successful, passionate performances we have the chance to inspire an entire country."

Klopp, on the other hand, has previously stated his interest in managing the German national team. Before confirming his departure from Liverpool, he said: "The job of national coach is and would be a great honour there's no question about that."

Klopp expressed his deep commitment to Liverpool, stating: "The problem that stands in the way of the whole thing is my loyalty. I can't just leave Liverpool now and say I'll take over Germany for a short time. That doesn't work and the request isn't even there."

He continued: "If I'm supposed to do that [manage Germany] at some point, then I have to be available and I'm not currently. I have a responsibility towards the club. Basically, it's an interesting job. But I don't know yet whether I'll do something completely different after I leave Liverpool. I want to keep my options open."

With the German national team off the table for now, Klopp will have to bide his time if he still dreams of leading Die Mannschaft. He's also teased the possibility of a stint in Italy's Serie A.

Ahead of Liverpool's Europa League match against Atalanta, Klopp joked about his Italian expertize: "The only Italian thing I know is Italian food. At this moment I don't plan a further career as a manager. Ask me in a year's time, but now I don't plan anything."

Liverpool.com says: It certainly seems as though Klopp will be sticking to his word and taking at least a year out of football. It would be a great shame if he never returned to management after Liverpool.

The Germany job does seem to be a distinct possibility in the future, given both sides are keen on the idea. Depending on how Germany perform at this summer's European Championship, it might even come sooner than Klopp might expect, but Nagelsmann's new contract at least does give him ample opportunity to take a break.

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