Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on taking the Liverpool job, as the Reds begin the search to replace the axed Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers was relieved of his duties in the wake of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday, as the Reds continued their underwhelming beginning to the season.
Dominic King of the Daily Mail provided an update on the hunt for a replacement, suggesting there are two standout candidates for the position:
When they chose Rodgers to take over from Kenny Dalglish in 2012, FSG embarked on a near month-long search, whittling down a 12-man long list that included Frank De Boer, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Martinez, whom Henry was pictured drinking a coffee with in Miami Beach.
Jurgen Klopp was also on that list but he issued a statement to say he had no wish to consider a move to England. Fast forward to now and there will be no repeat of that. Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp wants the job and he and Carlo Ancelotti, who was in London on Sunday night, appear to be the only runners in this particular race.
FSG will not be dithering now. The aim is to have the new man in charge for the trip to Tottenham on October 17 and they have spoken to both Klopp and Ancelotti, who it is understood saw them in Boston and Vancouver.
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BBC’s Ben Smith revealed the Reds are hoping to begin talks with Klopp this week, but Ancelotti is also in the frame:
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp thinks that Klopp would be the ideal candidate to turn things around for the Reds, per audioboom.com:
There was a growing sense that a change was needed for the Merseyside club in recent weeks.
Anfield, usually one of the most-atmospheric grounds around, has been melancholic in the past few matches, with Rodgers’ team struggling with rhythm and failing to enliven the fanbase. According to King, even a win against Everton wouldn’t have saved him from the chop.
As we can see here courtesy of Match of the Day, Rodgers was given plenty of backing in the transfer window by the club’s owners:
The popular choice for the job among Liverpool supporters seems to be Klopp. The former BVB man is a huge character with massive amounts of charisma. His unashamedly emotive brand of management seems like a natural fit for the Reds too, who are a hugely passionate and traditional set of supporters.
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Klopp’s emotional management style seems to be a perfect fit for Liverpool.
The style with which Klopp sets his teams up also looks to be a match made in heaven. His Dortmund teams played the game with huge amounts of energy, moved the ball quickly in transitions and were packed with dynamic players. He’ll be hungry for a new role too; According to King, Klopp “wants the challenge.”
Jonathan Northcroft of the Sunday Times thinks the German would be a brilliant fit:
After the muddled philosophies instilled by Rodgers, to have a clear pattern moving forward would give the fans and the players something to unite behind.
Ancelotti has major pedigree too, though. The Italian is a calculated figure and a much more pragmatic coach, but he’s someone who could potentially attract some star names to Anfield further down the line. However, according to King, it’s unclear as to whether he would take the job at the moment.
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Klopp and Ancelotti are the favourites to succeed Rodgers.
Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail thinks both managers should think carefully before taking such a difficult role on:
Rodgers seemed set to etch his name into the history books at Liverpool, especially with the team coming so close to the Premier League title in 2013-14. But his legacy will be one of poor recruitment, peculiar tactics and unclear direction for the football club.
Klopp would be a tremendous fit for Liverpool, and he’s a manager who has the tactical acumen and the presence to bring about a big turnaround in the Reds’ fortunes.
Should he take on the role, provided the German gets the same sort of backing as Rodgers in the transfer market, Liverpool will be back in the upper echelons of the table again soon.