It was only a few years ago that Liverpool were an absolute laughing stock. For those with bad memories let me take you back.
Steven Gerrard actually shouted “this does not slip” in a team huddle after going ahead in the title race. What happened two weeks later? He literally slipped.
In their next game the Reds blew a 3-0 lead to draw with Crystal Palace, causing Luis Suarez to break down in floods of tears on the pitch. At least Stevie didn’t slip on ’em.
But fast forward to today and Liverpool are a true force of nature and a mainstay in my weekly accumulator. Even if their fans are still deluded.
Talk to any Scousers and they reckon Klopp will be at Anfield into his 70s, fully grey and trying not to slip a disc on the sidelines. Yeah right..
I reckon he’ll get sick of the weather on Merseyside in a few years and bring the laughter back to everyone who gets a kick out of Liverpool misery.
So who could get the honour of replacing the big German with the toothy grin when he does eventually depart?
Well, Pep Lijnders is the current favourite at 6/4 to be the next permanent Liverpool manager.
He is Klopp’s current assistant but his only managerial experience was six months failing to get NEC promoted to the top flight in Holland. Then again, a similarly mediocre track record didn’t stop United appointing Ole.
Gerrard is next in line at 5/2 and although he probably still wakes up in a cold sweat thinking about that slip, he might just be ready to move on from Rangers by the time Klopp is dust.
Xabi Alonso at 11/2 gets me – although that’s a long way to go from the Real Sociedad B team where he is now.
Diego Simeone at 20/1 would bring a certain gravitas to the job and a bloody good dress sense. I’ve always thought he’d be a good Bond villain.
I guess for now we should just enjoy watching this quality Liverpool team and I’ll get my laughs from down the road at Manchester United.
Next Liverpool manager – the full rundown of candidates
Pep Lijnders 6/4
Steven Gerrard 5/2
Xabi Alonso 11/2
Julian Nagelsmann 10/1
Thomas Tuchel 20/1
Diego Simeone 20/1
Massimiliano Allegri 25/1
Antonio Conte 33/1
Zeljko Buvac 33/1
Leonardo Jardim 40/1
Brendan Rodgers 40/1
Eddie Howe 66/1
Jose Mourinho 66/1
Didi Hamann 100/1
Robbie Fowler 150/1
Jamie Carragher 175/1
Abel Xavier 175/1
Igor Biscan 175/1
Phil Thompson 250/1
David Moyes 500/1
Roy Hodgson 500/1