German legend Lothar Matthäus has suggested Germany trying to hire Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as their next manager could lead to further problems for the country.

The former German international has been writing in his column for Sky Sports Germany following the dismissal of Hansi Flick earlier this week.

He was removed from his position as Germany’s head coach following a 4-1 defeat to Japan in Wolfsburg, a result which means they’ve now lost four of their last five games.

Flick is the first Germany manager to be sacked since the role was created in 1926 and the hunt is already on to find his replacement, with Rudi Voller currently in temporary charge.

Many people in Germany want Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has long been linked with the role thanks to the success he’s enjoyed with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

He has long batted off interest and rumours, insisting his future remains at Anfield, where he has a contract until 2026.

The suggestion has been that he could see out this season at Liverpool and then take charge of Germany next summer following the European Championships.

Matthäus likes that strategy on the face of it but does believe it’s one that could leave to further problems if Germany are not careful.

“The fact that our national soccer team is no longer one of the world’s best is not only due to coach Hansi Flick, but primarily to the players,” he said.

“It works in the clubs, but the national team lacks exactly the same passion that our basketball players showed.

“I would be in favour of finding a coach now who will do the job after the European Championship and for years to come. A short-term solution would only be an interim solution.

“I would only understand that if you got Jürgen Klopp after the European Championship. However, if you wait for Klopp, you would be giving the players another excuse when the coach might only be there until next summer.

“Among the names traded there are some who would not continue the cuddly course, such as Matthias Sammer or Jürgen Klopp. The question is whether Klopp is ready to say goodbye to Liverpool and lead Germany out of the crisis?”