A national team job is considerably less taxing than a club role, perhaps allowing Klopp the opportunity to ease himself back into management. The DFB may even allow him to see out the 12-month sabbatical should the German commit to his national team in 2025, allowing for a year of preparation ahead of the World Cup, with a hugely popular man at the helm.
Germany legend Lothar Matthaus went so far as to claim in 2020 that Klopp was the “only person” who was wanted to replace former boss Joachim Low, who was eventually succeeded by Flick.
Matthaus told Sky Sport Germany: “When you talk about possible candidates, there is only one person that everyone would want in the future, and that is Jurgen Klopp. He is extremely successful, personable and equally popular with fans and the media.”