Jurgen Klopp’s legendary status at Anfield will never be in question but, as painful as it might be to most Reds, there will be a time when he jumps or is pushed.
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Klopp likes to take his future into his own hands and effectively resigned from his last two roles at Borussia Dortmund and Mainz. While it seems unlikely he will be given the sack by the Kop board, Klopp had a tough 2022/23 season and another might spell trouble.
So, who is in line to replace the German should his hot seat become available? Paddy’s trusty traders are on hand to show you where the money is going right now.
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Stop the press! Pep could be in pole position to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. Oh, not that Pep. Pep Lijnders. Klopp’s assistant at Anfield has been high on this list of replacements for a long time.
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Roberto De Zerbi has impressed since taking over from Graham Potter at Brighton and they secured European football for next season.
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Your trendy German manager not doing the business anymore? Call for the next cab off the rank, ex-Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann. The 35-year-old impressed at Bayern and he could be tempted by the Premier League after being axed by the German giants.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard pulled up trees north of the border at Rangers but he found it tougher going at Aston Villa before he was sacked. He employs a vastly different style to Klopp but he would clearly be a popular appointment with the Kop faithful.
Another former Liverpool midfield maestro, Xabi Alonso, is cutting his teeth with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. No doubt, taking the Liverpool job would be a big step up, though.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone seems to feature on every next manager list and it’s for good reason. He’s done a great job in the Spanish capital but has been with Atleti for a long, long time. The football might not be up to Klopp’s standards but the touchline antics might be even more enjoyable.
Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique‘s time as Spanish manager came to a close thanks to a penalty shootout loss to Morocco in the Last 16. Lionel Messi described him as one of the two best managers he ever played under, Pep Guardiola being the other, he’s surely looking to get back into management. Known for his fast pressing and counting-attacking style of play he’d certainly be a popular managerial signing around Anfield.
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