Jurgen Klopp has been told he is the "only person" who Germany want to replace Joachim Low as manager.
The Liverpool boss, 53, is under contract at Anfield until 2024, and revealed back in August he would leave the club when his current deal expires.
By that time Klopp will have been in charge of the Reds for almost nine years – which would be his longest stint of his career at one club.
That still falls some way short of Low's tenure with the German national side, which is now 14 years and counting.
But change could soon be on the horizon for the four-time World Cup winners, and former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus believes his country could do no better than appointing Klopp as Low's successor.
“When you talk about possible candidates, there is only one person that everyone would want in the future, and that is Jurgen Klopp,” Matthaus toldSky Sport in Germany.
“He is extremely successful, personable and equally popular with fans and the media."
Matthaus conceded, though, that the German FA (DFB) would find it difficult to tempt Klopp if they decided to axe Low sooner rather than later.
“He’s far from finished in Liverpool and he’ll have time for the national team in a few years,” Matthaus added.
Low is not under any immediate pressure from the DFB, with Germany currently leading their Nations League group ahead of Wednesday's qualification decider against Spain.
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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.
But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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The 60-year-old is virtually certain to lead Germany into next summer's European Championships, with their performance at that tournament likely to determine whether he continues in the role for the 2022 World Cup.
His contract is due to end after that competition in Qatar, falling two years shy of when Klopp's spell at Liverpool will likely come to an end.
And in any event, Klopp himself has admitted Liverpool may well be his last job.
Asked back in August what he will do once his contract ends in 2024, he said: "I’ll take a year off and ask myself if I miss football. If I say no, then that will be the end of coach Jurgen Klopp.
“If one day I am no longer a coach, there is one thing I will not miss: the brutal tension immediately before the game."
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Klopp had planned to take a year off after stepping down from his previous role at Borussia Dortmund, but accepted Liverpool's offer just five months later.
However it seems, at least in the eyes of Germany's national team director Oliver Bierhoff, that Klopp is not the only name in the frame, despite Matthaus's wishes.
Speaking to Sport1 of Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick – who worked as Low's No.2 fairly recently – Bierhoff said: "Do I trust him? Absolutely. Hansi knows the DFB inside out. He has his quality and has always said how he values the association.
"His performance with FC Bayern last year was really impressive. But [due to Low's contract] neither for us nor for him, this is currently not an issue."
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