The former coach of Borussia Dortmund was successful in winning every trophy that was up for grabs with his squad, including the FA Cup, the Champions League trophy, and the Premier League championship. Despite this, it is inevitable that even the most enjoyable experiences will come to an end at some point.
Liverpool has had a precipitous decline from its former grandeur; although in the 2021–22 season they were fighting on all fronts, they are currently striving to remain in the top four race in the Premier League this year. The Reds are off to their worst start in the Premier League since the 2012–13 season, as they have only managed to earn 10 points after the first eight games of the season.
In the event that circumstances do not improve over the course of the following weeks, the Liverpool board may be left with no choice but to make the difficult decision to dismiss Klopp from his post. Naturally, it would not be an easy task to find someone to take the place of the German mastermind, as there were very few candidates whose qualifications were on par with his.
In the following, we will investigate a few possible suspects who may find themselves in the line of fire in the event that Liverpool decides to make some changes. The five managers listed below are candidates to succeed Jurgen Klopp as manager of Anfield:
Zidane Zinedine is ranked fifth.
Since he severed his ties with Real Madrid in 2021, Zinedine Zidane has not agreed to take on any new managerial responsibilities. During the summer, there was a lot of speculation that the manager, who has won two titles in La Liga and three titles in the Champions League, would be taking over at Paris Saint-Germain. However, the agreement did not go through in the end.
Zidane revealed his desire to lead the French national team at some point in the future on the occasion of his 50th birthday (via The Daily Mail). Even if he didn’t make it explicitly obvious, it’s possible that his aspiration to play for the national team prevented him from beginning a new line of work. If Zidane changes his mind about his path, it’s possible that Liverpool would be the greatest place for him to resume his career in club management.
Zidane, a man-manager who possesses remarkable skills, along with a tactician who possesses a plethora of elite expertise, will be joining the Reds’ coaching staff. On the other hand, the Frenchman would be joining a squad that has a long and successful history, a significant transfer budget, and a roster full of good players. If everything falls into place, Zinedine Zidane’s transfer to Liverpool could end up being one of the most momentous transfers in sports history.
Lijnders, number 4 Pep
Pep Lijnders has been Jurgen Klopp’s trusted right-hand man at Liverpool, with the exception of a brief six-month tenure in 2018 when he took over as head coach of NEC in the Netherlands. During that time, Pep Lijnders was in charge of the Netherlands Elite Club. Because he does not have experience managing in high-level competition (one of the top five leagues), selecting the assistant manager could be a move fraught with danger. In spite of this, considering him to be Klopp’s natural successor given the length of time he has spent working with the German is not an incorrect assumption to make.
If Lijnders takes over, it’s possible that the Reds will only need to make a small number of adjustments because he may be unwilling to alter Klopp’s recipe. However, it is possible that natural succession will not dramatically alter the club’s tactical structure even though it may make the transfer easier.
Mauricio Pochettino, position three
Mauricio Pochettino, who once managed Tottenham Hotspur and was fired by Paris Saint-Germain in July, is currently without a team to coach. Pochettino guided Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title during the 2021–22 season, despite the fact that the club did not qualify for either the French Cup or the Champions League. Despite this, Pochettino endured the consequences.
Pochettino did not win any titles during his time as manager of Southampton (January 2013–June 2014) or Spurs (July 2014–November 2019), although his playing style was praised during both of those stints. It’s possible that his lack of honours will put Liverpool off chasing him, but they shouldn’t ignore the fact that he has a plethora of experience playing in the Premier League.
The second Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard is a leading candidate to take over as manager of Liverpool despite the fact that he does not have any previous managerial experience. Because Gerrard is a legendary figure in the organisation, the supporter will give him his undivided allegiance. The fact that he is only 42 years old puts age on his side. And as a last point of interest, he has a history of trying to play football in a way that is visually appealing.
From June 2018 until November 2021, Gerrard served as the manager of Rangers, a team that competed in the Premiership. During the 2020–2021 season, he was the captain of the club that won the league championship. In his previous role as manager of Aston Villa, he showed signs of potential by guiding the squad to ten victories out of a total of 27 Premier League contests.
Gerrard’s Villa have struggled to get off to a fast start this season; after nine games, they have only managed to earn nine points, which places them in 16th place in the Premier League rankings. Until he gets over the rough start he’s had, fans might not have much trust in him being in charge of one of the best football clubs.
Thomas Tuchel, the Number One
Given his previous track record of success, it is sad that Thomas Tuchel, who was just ousted from his position as manager of Chelsea, is still jobless at this time. Tuchel served as the manager of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, before taking over as the head coach of Chelsea in January 2021.
Tuchel and Dortmund both won the German Cup for their respective teams. Then, throughout his time with PSG, he won a total of three trophies, including two Ligue 1 titles and one French Cup. In the end, he was successful at Chelsea, taking home the UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup, and the Champions League.
The trophy case in the German’s home is evidence that he knows how to come out on top. However, Klopp’s flamboyance is not comparable to that of the player. The term “practical approach” is not typically associated with Liverpool, yet this man has made a name for himself by taking such an approach. On the other hand, if the board is looking for someone who can ensure their continued success, Tuchel might be the best candidate to consider.