With Jürgen Klopp planning a sabbatical when his current deal expires in 2022 – as reported in the Metro – who should replace the irreplaceable German? With just two seasons left before Klopp takes a break, it’s time to start thinking about his replacement.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. I mean – remember when we went from Benitez to Hodgson? Exactly. Don’t you dare tell me it’s too soon to think. If we end up with Gareth Southgate it’ll be the end of us all.
Here are some of the top candidates:
The romantic choice. The bookies favourite at 10/11 on. Gerrard is cutting his managerial teeth in the SPL but would he be ready to step into Klopp’s shoes in just two more seasons? Right now, Gerrard just isn’t ready.
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The best option outside of the Liverpool family. The RB Leipzig manager is currently sitting atop the Bundesliga with three wins from three games. His team are direct and press high and intensely in dangerous areas. He fits the current Liverpool mould.
Klopp’s old bestie. A promising manager, unceremoniously sacked by Huddersfield – a job he took up instead of following Klopp to Liverpool. He knows the philosophy.
My pick. The main reason Liverpool fell from grace in the 90s-00s was the abandonment of The Boot Room philosophy – grooming current coaches to takeover, ensuring no dramatic adjustments. Lijnders was promoted by Brendan Rodgers from U16s coach to first team development coach and helped bring through Trent Alexander-Arnold. He is currently Klopp’s right hand man and likely the Paisley to Klopp’s Shankly. He is the ideal Klopp replacement.