Monday 19 February 2018

Who is the most likely to replace Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager?

Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a move to the Premier League
Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a move to the Premier League

With Brendan Rodgers' position as Liverpool manager looking precarious after the disastrous 6-1 drubbing tat ye hands of Stoke, here are five potential replacements in the Anfield hotseat.

Jurgen Klopp 2/1

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 last season.

Rafael Benitez 4/1

There is only one club that could tempt Benitez to turn down Real Madrid. Despite reports this week that the Napoli manager’s move to the Bernabeu is all but done, it would be foolish to rule out a return to Anfield.

Frank de Boer 6/1

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.

Ronald Koeman 16/1

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 this year, be the next?

Andre Villas-Boas 25/1

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.

Jamie Carragher 16/1

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.

Michael Laudrup 25/1

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.

Carlo Ancelotti 33/1

If the Italian loses his job at Real Madrid as expected, he is likely to take a year-long sabbatical. However, after enjoying a relatively successful two years in the Premier League already, he could be tempted back for more.

Rudi Garcia 25/1

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

Steven Gerrard 20/1

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

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