Jurgen Klopp wonders why England have more No 9 options than his native Germany as the Liverpool boss insists Gareth Southgate has SEVEN to choose from – with his home country relying on Timo Werner and Thomas Muller
- Germany crashed out of the European Championship in a 2-0 defeat to Gareth Southgate’s England
- Joachim Low only had Timo Werner and Thomas Muller to call up as No 9s
- Germany resumes their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein
- England’s attack has Harry Kane, Patrick Bamford and Marcus Rashford
Jurgen Klopp has expressed frustration at the striker’s lack of traditional options in Germany, lamenting the fact that Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has ‘seven’ No 9s at his disposal.
The Liverpool boss claimed Die Mannschaft’s lack of attacking talent is their biggest flaw, when he wondered: ‘England has seven strikers, why not?’
Germany will resume their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday evening as they travel to Liechtenstein.
Jurgen Klopp (left) has claimed Gareth Southgate (right) has far more striker options than the German national team
With Hansi Flick at the helm, they hope to improve on their mediocre performance at this summer’s European Championship.
Die Mannschaft crashed into the last 16 after a 2-0 defeat to their old foe England and Klopp has now revealed he is jealous of the attacking depth the Three Lions possess.
“England has at least seven classic strikers who could play in the national team,” the Liverpool boss said RTL.
‘Why don’t we have that? We don’t have that wide. The players have to come from somewhere.
‘It would be cool if a striker came out of the few boys who are walking around.’
The Three Lions beat Germany 2-0 to beat them out of Euro 2020 in the round of last 16
Germany will resume their 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein on Thursday
Joachim Low rounded out his 15-year career in Germany with Euro 2020 this summer, but only had Timo Werner and Thomas Muller to call on as natural options for the striker.
Klopp was frustrated with the lack of attacking talent emerging from the German youth ranks, claiming that Gareth Southgate has seven players he could call on to play in the attack of the Three Lions.
England captain Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were both selected by Southgate for this summer’s European Championship and were called up again this week for their World Cup qualifiers.
Joachim Low only had Timo Werner (left) and Thomas Muller (right) to call as No 9s
Marcus Rashford was also part of the Three Lions’ Euro campaign, but the 25-year-old will miss England’s clashes against Hungary, Andorra and Poland through injury.
Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford received his first senior call-up to England’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers last week.
England also have Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins, Tammy Abraham and Callum Wilson as top-class attacking options from top clubs.
England have a host of forwards, including Patrick Bamford (left) and Harry Kane (right)
Meanwhile, as Flick takes charge for his first game in charge, the only new striker named in his 26-man roster for September’s World Cup qualifying campaign is RB Salzburg star Karim Adeyemi.
The 19-year-old, who came to Salzburg in 2018, was tipped to represent Nigeria but played for Die Mannschaft at U16 and U17 before being promoted to the U21 roster.
Klopp was strongly linked to Germany’s head coach position when Low announced his resignation and was touted as Flick’s replacement when the Reds boss’s contract at Anfield expires in 2024.
RB Salzburg star Karim Adeyemi (left) was named in Hansi Flick’s 26-man German squad
However, the 54-year-old announced last year that he plans to take a one-year sabbatical when his tenure at Liverpool ends, with even a possibility of retiring.
Speaking of his future plans, he shared: Sports buzzer“I’m taking a year off and wondering if I’m missing football. If I say no, then that’s the end of trainer Jurgen Klopp.
“If one day I’m not a coach anymore, there’s one thing I won’t miss: the relentless tension right before the game.”