Liverpool fans will fear for Jurgen Klopp's future after Germany's 6-0 drubbing by Spain – with the Reds boss touted as the 'only person' who can replace Joachim Low.
Die Mannschaft suffered their heaviest ever competitive defeat as their Nations League hopes were ended by a thrashing from Luis Enrique's side.
Manchester City star Ferran Torres stole the show with a hat-trick, while there were also goals from Alvaro Morata, Rodri and Mikel Oyarzabal as Spain progressed to the finals.
Liverpool boss Klopp has been widely tipped as the man to succeed Low, who has been in charge of Germany for 14 years and led them to their 2014 World Cup triumph.
While Low has enjoyed success with the national team, there have been increasing calls for a change at the top since Germany's group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup, when they were defending champions.
In the two years since that tournament, Klopp has led Liverpool to silverware glory in the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup and most recently the Premier League.
Before Germany's humiliating defeat on Tuesday, Matthaus described Klopp as the one candidate everyone in his home country wants to lead the national team.
And the humbling by Spain will have heightened demands for Low's successor to be appointed.
"When you talk about possible candidates, there is only one person that everyone would want in the future, and that is Jurgen Klopp," the 1990 World Cup winner told Sky Sport Germany.
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"He is extremely successful, personable and equally popular with fans and the media."
There will be calls from some quarters for Low to be replaced before next summer's postponed Euro 2020 finals.
But Matthaus acknowledged that Klopp won't be leaving Anfield yet, with the manager contracted until 2024.
The former Germany skipper said: "He's far from finished in Liverpool and he'll have time for the national team in a few years."
Klopp has previously admitted he would consider taking on the Germany job of the timing was right.
Asked last year if he could replace Low, the Liverpool manager said: "I could not say one hundred percent if I was the right one. If the question ever arises, I would think about it – but not now."
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