Julian Nagelsmann does not expect Jurgen Klopp to be tempted by the Germany job after Joachim Low announced he would step down after Euro 2020.
The search for Low’s successor is underway, and a poll by Germany’s Sky Sport News broadcaster on Tuesday showed Liverpool manager Klopp would be a popular pick.
With over 7,000 votes counted, some 54.6 per cent selected Klopp as the right man for the job, with Ralf Rangnick next in line with a 15.4 per cent share.
Klopp’s Liverpool are enduring a deep dip in the Premier League after last season’s title triumph, and six successive defeats in the competition at Anfield have seen them slip to eighth place.
But Klopp has enjoyed huge success during his Liverpool reign, winning the Champions League in 2018-19 before the Reds ended a 30-year wait for the domestic title.
He was also highly successful during his time with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, where he twice won the Bundesliga.
Nagelsmann, whose RB Leipzig side face Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday, said: “Jurgen Klopp is an outstanding coach. But I think that both Liverpool and Jurgen are extremely satisfied with each other.”
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At the age of 33, Nagelsmann appears unlikely to fancy a switch from club management into the international game.
He has performed wonders with Leipzig since being appointed in 2019, achieving a Bundesliga win percentage of 58.62, with 34 victories and just seven defeats in 58 league games in charge.
If he sustains his early coaching performance, the Germany job may be one that Nagelsmann looks at in the future.
For now, he is keen to see how Low bows out, hoping a 15-year reign can end on a high note.
“First of all, it’s sad news, but he is still in office,” Nagelsmann said. “That’s the most important thing: that he will continue and be on the touchline for this big tournament.
“He’s had an extreme impact in German football and especially on the national team. He’s had great success and defined an era with titles, a development and a second rebuild during his spell.”
Nagelsmann pointed to Low bringing through different generations to form new Germany sides, and said he was optimistic the latest incarnation can be trophy contenders at the European Championship.
“I am sure of it, because we have a lot of talented players, which is also an achievement of his,” Nagelsmann said. “It’s thanks to him making difficult decisions during crucial moments.
“He has also been criticised for this but had a great career as the coach of the German national team nonetheless. I hope he will find a glorious end and then I’m keen on finding out where he will leave his footsteps next.”
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Germany great Lothar Matthaus backed former Schalke and Leipzig boss Rangnick, who is currently without a club, telling Sky Sport News: “He’s free. He’s someone who can build something.”
The next Germany coach will be expected to lead the team at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, although the qualifying process is set to begin on Low’s watch, with games against Iceland, Romania and North Macedonia coming up in late March.
Rudi Voller, the former Germany striker who went on to manage the team from 2000 to 2004, is thankful Low is being afforded the chance to go out on his own terms.
Voller said: “Jogi Low’s decision deserves respect. He and his teams have given us great football in many tournaments and by winning the title at the 2014 World Cup, achieved great things for German sport.
“Now Jogi has the chance to go to the European Championship this summer and to achieve a wonderful conclusion. We will all keep our fingers crossed for him.”