Jurgen Klopp questions why England have more No 9 options than his native Germany as the Liverpool boss insists Gareth Southgate has SEVEN to pick from – with his homeland relying on Timo Werner and Thomas Muller
- Germany crashed out of the Euros in a 2-0 defeat by Gareth Southgate’s England
- Joachim Low only had Timo Werner and Thomas Muller to call upon as No 9s
- Germany resume their 2022 World Cup qualification against Liechtenstein
- England’s attack boasts Harry Kane, Patrick Bamford and Marcus Rashford
has revealed his frustration at ‘s lack of traditional centre forward options, lamenting the fact that Three Lions boss has ‘seven’ No 9s at his disposal.
Theboss has claimed that Die Mannschaft’s lack of attacking talent is their greatest flaw as he questioned: ‘England have seven strikers, why don’t we?’
Germany resume their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign on Thursday night as they travel to Liechtenstein.
Jurgen Klopp (left) has claimed Gareth Southgate (right) has many more striker options than the German national team
With Hansi Flick at the helm, they will be hoping to improve on their lacklustre performance at this summer’s European Championship.
Die Mannschaft crashed out in the last 16 after suffering a 2-0 defeat to their old enemy England and Klopp has now revealed he is envious of the attacking depth the Three Lions possess.
‘England have at least seven classic centre forwards who could play in the national team,’ the Liverpool boss has told.
‘Why don’t we have that? We don’t have that broadly. The players have to come from somewhere.
‘Of the few boys running around it would be cool if a centre forward came out in the long term.’
The Three Lions beat Germany 2-0 to knock them out of Euro 2020 in the round of last 16
Germany resume their 2022 World Cup qualification on Thursday against Liechtenstein
Joachim Low rounded off his 15-year Germany career with Euro 2020 this summer but only had Timo Werner and Thomas Muller to call upon as natural centre forward options.
Klopp was left frustrated by the lack of attacking talent emerging from the German youth ranks, claiming Gareth Southgate has seven players he could call up to play in the Three Lions’ attack.
England captain Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were both selected by Southgate for this summer’s Euros and were called up again for their World Cup qualifiers this week.
Joachim Low only had Timo Werner (left) and Thomas Muller (right) to call upon as No 9s
Marcus Rashford was also part of the Three Lions’ Euro campaign but the 23-year-old will miss out on England’s clashes against Hungary, Andorra and Poland through injury.
Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford received his first senior call-up for England’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers last week.
England also boast Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins, Tammy Abraham and Callum Wilson as quality attacking options from top-flight clubs.
England boast a host of attackers, including Patrick Bamford (left) and Harry Kane (right)
Meanwhile, as Flick takes over the reigns for his first game in charge, the only fresh striker named in his 26-man squad for September’s World Cup qualification campaign is RB Salzburg starlet Karim Adeyemi.
The 19-year-old, who joined Salzburg in 2018, was tipped to represent Nigeria but has played for Die Mannschaft at U16 and U17 level before being promoted to the U21 squad.
Klopp had been heavily linked to the Germany coach position when Low announced he was stepping down and was touted as Flick’s replacement when the Reds boss’s contract at Anfield expires in 2024.
RB Salzburg starlet Karim Adeyemi (left) was named in Hansi Flick’s 26-man Germany squad
However, the 54-year-old revealed last year thatwhen his tenure at Liverpool comes to an end, with retirement even a possibility.
Speaking about his future plans, he told: ‘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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