Liverpool will face a battle with the Germany national team in their efforts to persuade Jurgen Klopp to create a Sir Alex Ferguson-style dynasty at Anfield.
Klopp has committed himself to the club until the summer of 2024, which will take his tenure to just under nine years.
But there is a growing enthusiasm within the corridors of football power in his homeland to line up Klopp as a successor to Joachim Low.
And, more significantly, Klopp himself is believed to see managing the national side as a natural development in his career.
It goes without saying the ideal scenario for the current Liverpool owners would be, even with his new contract still fresh, for Klopp to establish the sort of era enjoyed by Ferguson or by Arsene Wenger.
Ferguson was in charge at Manchester United for 26 years and Wenger spent 22 years at Arsenal.
And Fenway Sports Group considered it a minor coup when they convinced Klopp to commit himself to Liverpool until 2024.
Low’s contract with the Germany team expires in 2022, the same year as Klopp’s previous Anfield deal ran to.
The Liverpool boss’s current contract does not include a get-out clause and there is no suggestion he would even consider leaving as early as 2022.
But he will turn 57 in the summer of 2024 and has privately hinted that Liverpool is likely to be his last club job.
It is a measure of his commitment that rival elite clubs harbour little hope of prising him away from Anfield.
Since he took over in October 2015, vacancies have arisen at nearly all of Europe’s top sides but Klopp has not been seriously linked with anyone else.
It will be a different story if the opportunity comes to manage his national team.
Low remains committed to the role, having been in the post for almost 14 years. His position looked uncertain following the 2018 World Cup, when Germany did not make it past the group stage after shock defeats to Mexico and South Korea.
They then failed to win any of their four
Nations League fixtures against Holland and France.
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