Jurgen Klopp reacts to move to appoint him as replacement for outgoing Germany national team manager Joachim Low

Jurgen Klopp has ruled out replacing Joachim Low as Germany boss – insisting he will remain at Liverpool for years to come.

Low announced he will quit Germany this summer, ending his 15-year reign, which included a 2014 World Cup win.

Klopp said: “Am I available for the coach of the German national team in the summer? No.

“Joachim Low did an incredible job. I’m sure the German FA will find a good solution.

“I have three years left at LFC don’t I? It’s simple. You sign a contract and you stick to that contract. I stuck to contracts at Mainz and Dortmund.”

Germany national team boss Joachim Low set to leave, Jurgen Klopp touted to take over

Joachim Low will LEAVE his role as Germany national team boss after the Euros.

The German FA (DFB) have confirmed the news on their website.

The 61-year-old was under contract until after the 2022 World Cup, but has asked to leave the role early.

Low took over in 2006 after a spell as Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant and won the 2014 World Cup.

He told the DFB website: “I take this step very consciously, full of pride and enormous gratitude, but at the same time continue to be very motivated when it comes to the upcoming European Championship tournament.

“I’m proud, because it is something very special and an honor for me to be involved in my country. And because I have been able to work with the best footballers in the country for almost 17 years and support them in their development.

“I have great triumphs with them and painful defeats, but above all many wonderful and magical moments – not just winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil . I am and will remain grateful to the DFB, which has always provided me and the team with an ideal working environment.”

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes have made Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp the second favourite to replace Joachim Low in the summer.

A disastrous title defence has led to questions of the German’s position, although he has remained adamant that he wants to stay at Anfield.

Germany Under-21 boss Stefan Kuntz is the bookie’s frontrunner.

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Thomas Tuchel slams Chelsea star for playing out of position during Everton clash

Thomas Tuchel was overheard berating Timo Werner for playing out of position for 15 minutes in Chelsea’s win over Everton.

With 25 minutes played, Tuchel was on the sideline shouting at his compatriot telling him to switch flanks – then questioned if he understood the instructions as TV microphones picked up the blast.

According to reported translations, the Chelsea boss said: “Timo, how long are you staying on the left?

“You’re playing on the right! The last 15 mins you’ve only been on the left! Don’t you understand?”

Diego Costa on verge of signing for David Luiz’s former club

There are reports that former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is on the verge of joining Benfica after the Portuguese giants offered him a £2.6million bonus.

The hot-headed striker has been without a club since having his deal with Atletico Madrid terminated in December.

Costa, 32, had been heavily linked with a move back to Brazil with both Palmeiras and Sao Paulo.

He was also touted for a lucrative deal to play in Saudi Arabia while being rumoured for a switch back to the Premier League with Wolves and West Ham.

Now Goal write how Costa’s future could be resolved with the Portuguese giants. They add how Benfica will entice him with a two-year, £50,000-a-week contract starting at the beginning of next season.

A £2.6m transfer bonus is also on the table and it appears Costa is looking increasingly likely to put pen-to-paper.

(Watch Highlights) How Chelsea defeated Everton at Stamford Bridge

A Ben Godfrey own goal and a second-half penalty by Jorginho maintained Chelsea’s unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel with a 2-0 win against Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea took the lead after 31 minutes when Kai Havertz’s flicked shot from Marcos Alonso’s low cross ricocheted off Godfrey and into the net.

Jordan Pickford denied Chelsea a second four minutes before half-time, palming Alonso’s effort past the post after the defender raced through on goal.

Alonso saw his curling left-footed free-kick tipped over by Pickford before Richarlison blazed wide of the upright for Everton as match opened up.

Chelsea doubled their advantage from the penalty spot on 65 minutes when Jorginho sent Pickford the wrong way after the Everton goalkeeper had been penalised for a foul on Havertz.

Timo Werner squandered two chances late on but Chelsea saw out the win as Tuchel became the first head coach in Premier League history to guide his side to five clean sheets in each of his first five home matches in charge.

The win takes fourth-placed Chelsea up to 50 points, four clear of Everton in sixth.

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Thomas Tuchel explains why he adjusted his system against Everton

Thomas Tuchel admitted Chelsea changed their system to combat Everton’s ‘characteristic’ in their 2-0 win over the Blues on Monday evening.

An own-goal from Ben Godfrey, deflecting Kai Havertz’s effort beyond Jordan Pickford, gave the hosts the lead in the first half.

A penalty from Jorginho in the second period after the goalkeeper had brought down the German midfielder sealed the three points for the hosts.

And, following the game, the Chelsea boss opened up on why he made five changes to his side for the visit of Everton to Stamford Bridge.

He said: “If you play in competitions like the Premier League and Champions League, there’s no way you arrive with 11 players in your head.

“First of all, whoever you see on the pitch deserves to be on the pitch. We need to analyse what we give in there.

“After two intense games, and an away game with a lot of travelling and we missed a lot of sleep between Atletico, Man U and Liverpool, it was a moment to change.

“We changed a little bit also for the characteristic of the offensive players, because we expected a bit of a man-mark in offensive midfield.

“So we went for speed and for deep runs today. I want to have the choice.

“There’s a reason for every change.”

Everton boss makes a confession about Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea after their win at Stamford Bridge

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Everton are not at the same level with Chelsea after his club were beaten at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, saying: “We have to be honest, we are not at the same level.”

Chelsea scored twice in the match to consolidate their grip on the fourth position in the Premier League.

Everton’s performance brought them back to reality and showed they will need further improvement if they are to break into the top four.

They had to wait until first-half injury time before they could test home goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and he saved a 25-yard low strike from Andre Gomes – the visitors’ only shot on target.

“They played better than us. They deserved to win,” he told BT Sport. “We were good defensively for 30 minutes. When they scored the game became difficult for us. They are a good team.”

Everton clearly came to west London to soak up a much pressure as they could. It went well for half an hour but the goal changed everything.

And the Italian tactician confessed that his side cannot compete with the class Chelsea had on view.

“The game that we planned was what we got for 30 minutes. We didn’t have a lot of opportunities,” he added. “Richarlison had a chance. But we have to be honest, we are not at the same level.

“We cannot play an open game against this kind of team. It was the plan to play the same way as we played against Liverpool, but against Liverpool we scored early.”

The priority now for the Goodison Park outfit is to maintain their challenge until May. Ancelotti insists they will do just that and is determined to draw a line under a disappointing night.

“We are looking to fight for Europe. This is good for us,” he continued. “We will be there until the last game. We are disappointed for this defeat but no tragedy. We look to the next game.”

Chelsea player ratings: Havertz, Alonso, Christensen, others stand out in victory over Everton (Check how Blues stars fared here)

Chelsea recorded another win, and another clean sheet. But it must be emphasized that the 2-0 scoreline flattered Everton as Thomas Tuchel’s honeymoon extended to 11 unbeaten games.

Meanwhile, the Evening Standard rate Tuchel’s squad after the win over Carlo Ancelotti’s side:

Edouard Mendy 6

Everton rarely got close enough to trouble him. Dealt with everything he had to.

Cesar Azpilicueta 7

Calvert-Lewin tried to target him when Everton went long – but he held his own against the bigger man

Andreas Christensen 7

Had the pace and timing to dispossess Richarlison when the Everton man looked set to go through one-on-one with Mendy. Another impressive performance.

Kurt Zouma 7

Did well coming into a back three after playing so little football. Largely untroubled.

Reece James 7

Stretched the game really well and frightened Everton with his runs forward. Everton couldn’t get behind him at the other end.

Jorginho 7

So many timely interceptions and controlled use of the ball saw Chelsea dominate in midfield from the off.

Mateo Kovacic 7

Energetic with his driving runs to perfectly complement Jorginho’s calm control. It is an effective partnership.

Marcos Alonso 8

A constant threat with his bursts forward and intelligent movement. Set up Chelsea’s opener and might have scored himself. Remarkable he was frozen out for so long under Lampard.

Kai Havertz 8

One of his brightest performances of the season as a false nine. His deflected shot put Chelsea in front and he won the penalty for their second. Saw a smart finish ruled out for handball, but his movement to create the chance was excellent.

Callum Hudson-Odoi 7

Interchanged well with Alonso. A role change for him as a split forward and had some dangerous moments including one curling effort.

Timo Werner 6

Twice failed to score when one-on-one with Pickford. Not as effective as he was when playing centrally against Liverpool, but still had golden chances to extend the margin of victory for Chelsea.


Mason Mount (Hudson-Odoi, ’66) 6

Some of Chelsea’s best attacking moments came after he added more creativity up front.

N’Golo Kante (Kovacic, 79’) 5

So nearly got a rare goal.

Christian Pulisic (Werner, 90’)

Substitutes: Kepa, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Ziyech, Giroud

(Watch Video) Thomas Tuchel issues his verdict on Kai Havertz’s performance as false nine against Everton

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has heaped praise on Kai Havertz for effectively playing the role of false nine against Everton.

The Blues defeated the Carlo Ancelotti’s side 2-0, with the Germany international being the reason for the two goals at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Playing as a false nine against Everton, though, the 21-year-old was excellent, forcing Ben Godfrey to score an own goal before winning the second-half penalty converted by Jorginho.

“I’m very happy with his performance,” Tuchel said. “There is no doubt about his talent. He needs to adapt to the Premier League. He needs to adapt where we play to win every game.

“We have the highest standards. This is a normal process. Today he was excellent. He showed up between the lines and used his potential to accelerate. He took responsibility to finish.”

Chelsea, who remain in fourth place, are unbeaten in 11 games since appointing Tuchel and they are now four points above Everton.

“I truly believe this is a team squad and I can feel the strong bond between the players,” Tuchel said.

“They live it in every day of training. I feel it on the sidelines. I feel the support. We need this to have a run and to have results like this.”

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