FC Koln defender Jonas Hector has admitted that an approach from Jurgen Klopp could tempt him to leave the Bundesliga club and move to Liverpool in the future. But the Germany international has made it clear that his current focus is on remaining in his homeland, to concentrate on his current club and his country's upcoming participation in the European Championship finals in France later in the year.
The 25-year-old left back has put in some impressive performances during the last two Bundesliga campaigns and has caught the eye of Joachim Low. Hector has made 10 appearances for the national team and looks set to keep his place for the upcoming European Championships in June.
Liverpool will be looking to sign a full-back in the summer, as it has been one of their problem positions this season. Jose Enrique has fallen out-of-favour and first choice Alberto Moreno has not been convincing enough on the defensive front, and with the former set to leave the club in the summer following the expiry of his contract, the former Borussia Dortmund manager is likely to bring in a replacement.
The Koln full-back is not looking for a transfer at the moment, but admitted that it will be difficult to turn down a move if Klopp came calling. Germany face friendlies against England and Italy during the ongoing international break, and Hector believes the clashes will prove beneficial in their preparations for this summer's tournament in France.
"You always have to consider whether you are ready to take the next step. But at the moment I am not thinking about it. I think what we have to do at FC Koln is enough. I also have with the national team a big tournament ahead of us," Hector said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"Then I would start to think about it [a transfer]," the German left-back added, when asked about a possible approach by Klopp to join Liverpool.
"For me, these meetings are good tests against strong teams. I am looking forward to the two matches in Berlin and Munich."