Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso
Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso.

Evaluating Potential Successors: Who will lead Liverpool’s post-Klopp era?

This summer marks a significant transition for Liverpool Football Club, as they prepare for a new manager to take the reins for the first time since Jurgen Klopp assumed the position in October 2015.

As Klopp aims to guide Liverpool to more silverware this season after the club’s Carabao Cup final win against Chelsea, speculation runs rampant regarding his successor.

Having achieved monumental success during his tenure, including every major trophy, Klopp leaves behind a formidable legacy. It is one that could still be added to, with the Reds currently leading the Premier League and remaining contenders in the FA Cup and Europa League.

As the club looks toward the future, various candidates are being scrutinised to determine who will best fill his shoes. Fans are debating whether Klopp can win the Premier League trophy for a second time this season.

Just two points separate the leaders, Manchester City and Arsenal in the title race and Premier League fans can use a new sports bonus offer to wager on the team they believe will win the title.

We’ve looked at some of the figures in the running to take charge at Anfield in the summer, with several leading coaches rumoured to be of interest to the Reds.

Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso, the former Reds midfielder, has emerged as the frontrunner, garnering attention for his stellar performance at Bayer Leverkusen.

Alonso has led the German side to the top of the Bundesliga, opening up an eight-point advantage over Bayern Munich, as Leverkusen target a first-ever league title. The Spaniard’s style has been likened to that of Pep Guardiola and, having played under his compatriot at Bayern Munich, it is an obvious comparison. Leverkusen have been one of the most attractive teams in Europe to watch this season.

Ruben Amorim

Ruben Amorim has been named as a leading alternative to Alonso, should Liverpool be unable to prise the Spaniard from Leverkusen.

The Portuguese manager led Sporting Lisbon to their first top-flight title in nearly two decades during the 2020/21 campaign and has built a reputation as one of Europe’s best young coaches. His lack of experience outside a major league represents an element of risk, but there’s good reason several leading clubs have courted the 39-year-old.

Julian Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann will lead Germany at this summer’s home European Championship, having taken the reins of the national leave after an unceremonious exit from Bayern Munich.

Nagelsmann had appeared an obvious successor to Klopp after emerging as Germany’s brightest coaching prospect during spells at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, before leading Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title. Still just 36, his teams have several traits that could see a smooth transition from Klopp at Anfield.

Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the campaign with a decision made on a new direction in Bavaria. Bayern have been named as Liverpool’s leading competition for Xabi Alonso, so could the Reds turn to the man currently in charge at the Allianz Arena?

A proven winner with league title successes in France and Germany, alongside a Champions League win with Chelsea, Tuchel has a track record of handling the pressure at some of European football’s heavyweights.

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Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou’s adventurous football has won admirers since his arrival in the Premier League from Celtic, turning Tottenham from an underperforming stale side into one of the most watchable teams in the Premier League.

The 58-year-old arrived in England with no past experience of a top European league, but has been a big hit in north London. Prising him from the capital would not be easy.

Roberto De Zerbi

Roberto de Zerbi is another coach who has turned heads in English football, having led Brighton to a top-six finish and European football next season.

The Italian’s possession dominant approach is in contrast to the occasionally more direct style of Klopp’s Liverpool, though De Zerbi would at least guarantee entertainment on Merseyside. The Liverpool board might want to see more from De Zerbi in terms of solidifying the Seagulls however, who have kept just three clean sheets in the Premier League all season.

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Read – Klopp warns Liverpool must ‘keep winning’ in title race

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