Next Liverpool Manager Odds
Jurgen Klopp has shockingly announced that he will be leaving Liverpool Football Club at the end of the season. The Liverpool boss has had a fantastic spell at the club but clearly feels he has achieved everything he can with the club and who could argue with him? With a Champions League and a Premier League medal, Liverpool have developed massively as a club since he joined back in 2015. Liverpool have the opportunity to win multiple trophies in Klopp's final season and end in style. However, who will be the next permanent Liverpool manager?
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Who will replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager?
A large number of people are expecting Jurgen Klopp's assistant Pep Lijnders to take over the role as Liverpool manager. As he already has a wealth of experience at the club and the transition from Klopp will be relatively seamless. However, the 40-year-old Dutchman has only managed one club and that was NEC - where he was sacked. So, in our opinion, despite Lijnders being high in the odds, the likelihood is that Lijnders won't be considered for the role.
The big name in the betting odds is Xabi Alonso, who is the current favourite for the Liverpool job, the Liverpool board will without a doubt be looking at Alonso in a similar way to how they looked at Klopp after a fantastic campaign so far with Bayer Leverkusen, which could end with Leverkusen being the first team to take the Bundesliga title off Bayern Munich since 2011-12 when Jurgen Klopp managed the feat with Borussia Dortmund.
The Spaniard's experience mainly comes at lower levels with Real Madrid's youth system and Real Sociedad B. Alonso utilises a unique system of a 3-4-3 with a high-tempo counter-attack, at the time of writing this system has brought Leverkusen a 64.06% win rate which is only two percent less than Thomas Tuchel since he has joined Bayern Munich.
Xabi Alonso would likely want the Liverpool job but what if he doesn't wish to leave Leverkusen?
In this case, some of other names linked with the role are Roberto De Zerbi, Julian Nagelsmann and Steven Gerrard.
De Zerbi and Nagelsmann both seem content in their current roles, Nagelsmann might be impacted by performances at the European Championships in 2024 but you would think that Liverpool will line-up their ideal candidate in the next two months if they haven't already. Steven Gerrard being towards the top of the Liverpool manager betting odds is simply due to his affiliation with the club, after his performances with Aston Villa and in Saudi Arabia with Al Ettifaq, it is a fact that a club of Liverpool's stature will look at bigger names.
Liverpool Manager History
|June 2012 - October 2015
|January 2011 - May 2012
|July 2010 - January 2011
|June 2004 - June 2010
|July 1998 - May 2004
It is clear that when a manager is doing a decent job at Liverpool, they give them the chance to go further. It would have been interesting if the likes of Graham Potter and Antonio Conte hadn't been underwhelming in their previous roles to see if they were considered for the role.
Previous history shows that Liverpool's board have made the wrong decisions with managers in the past but with the potential quadruple on the horizon, they might need someone of high quality to replace Klopp. Liverpool fans will be hopeful for a big name but could Liverpool's board be more inclined to go for someone who knows the club inside out? Or perhaps someone who knows the Premier League, such as Eddie Howe, who began his career on the South Coast of England with Bournemouth and is now at Newcastle United.
Jurgen Klopp's time at Liverpool
Since arriving at Liverpool in October 2015, Klopp has maintained a 60.7% win percentage winning 283 out of 466 games at Liverpool at the time of writing. Klopp is known outside the club for his touchline antics but he has worked alongside some of the best in the world of football and managers such as Diego Simeone have been successful taking their touchline antics to further levels than Klopp. Whoever, does replace Jurgen Klopp will need to have a pedigree behind him. However, the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid will likely be looking at who could be their next manager, so Liverpool will have to act fast to avoid high competition.
There are also rumours that the departure of Jurgen Klopp will lead to Pep Guardiola leaving Manchester City, which would be lead to an end of an era in the Premier League. However, this could lead the way for the likes of Man Utd, Arsenal or Chelsea to move back up the Premier League and bring Premier League silverware back to Old Trafford, the Emirates Stadium or Stamford Bridge rather than Anfield or The Etihad.
Klopp's departure will be the beginning of an end of an era in the Premier League, who will rise up the betting odds and be the next Liverpool manager?