Wednesday 16 August 2017

Who could be the next Liverpool manager? 10 contenders to replace Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers before the match against Carlisle last night
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers before the match against Carlisle last night Reuters / Phil Noble
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Brendan Rodgers' future is in doubt at Anfield - but who could replace him?

1. Jurgen Klopp

The fans’ and the bookmakers’ favourite. Klopp’s credentials check out. He has made his name coaching a young, hungry side which plays with terrific pace and energy, all in a style not too dissimilar to the irresistible Liverpool of 2013-14. Had wanted to take a sabbatical after leaving Borussia Dortmund but now seems keen on a return to football sooner rather than later.

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Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp

2. Garry Monk

Could Liverpool recruiting another manager from Swansea? Monk's work has certainly been impressive in south Wales although they may want a bigger name.

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has defended the club over the sale of goalkeeper Michel Vorm with Utrecht say they are owed sell-on money over the deal

3. Frank de Boer

The Ajax coach has previously declared his intention to manage in England. What’s more, he says Liverpool’s owners approached him in the past when searching for Kenny Dalglish’s replacement.

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Frank de Boer

4. Ronald Koeman

It has become something of a habit for those who impress at Southampton to up sticks and move to Merseyside. Could Ronald Koeman, who masterminded the Saints’ impressive campaign last year, be the next?

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman plans to attack Manchester United

5. Andre Villas-Boas

The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager never had the best of times on these shores but may feel he has unfinished business to attend to in England.

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Andre Villas-Boas's ongoing triumphs in Russia couldn't be ignored for long. Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

6. Jamie Carragher

Could one of the Kop’s heroes be tempted to leave his seat in the Sky Sports studios and save his old club? Carragher has certainly been forthright on the club’s demise but he seems at home in front of the cameras for now.

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher

7. Michael Laudrup

A boyhood fan of the club, Laudrup almost joined Liverpool as a teenager until contract negotiations collapsed. A job at Anfield would be therefore ideal for the Dane, but his stock as a coach has fallen since being sacked by Swansea City.

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Michael Laudrup is currently in charge at Qatari champions Lekhwiya

8. Carlo Ancelotti

The Italian is out of work after losing his job at Real Madrid, but has been linked with the position at Anfield. Knows the Premier League well after enjoying a successful two years with Chelsea.

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Liverpool have rubbished claims they approached Carlo Ancelotti

9. Rudi Garcia

The Roma manager is a well-respected coach and already has links with Fenway Sports Group, who have links to the Serie A club.

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AS Roma's coach Rudi Garcia

10. Steven Gerrard

So much for that Anfield farewell, hey? It’s a long shot, especially considering that small matter of his move to LA Galaxy, but it’s not out of the question that Liverpool’s captain marvel could return.

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Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

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