A life without Jürgen Klopp isn’t worth living. One day in the (hopefully) distant future we will have to learn to live on without the smiling German. Who takes over from Klopp is up for debate – we do have our pick for another role though: James Milner should be the next assistant manager at Liverpool.
Liverpool signed James Milner from Manchester City on a free transfer in 2015.
The Reds snapping up the then 29-year-old from their biggest competitive rivals of recent seasons will go down as one of our greatest pieces of business of that decade.
Milly has now made more appearances (205) for Liverpool than for any other side. He will surely go down as a club icon for his pivotal role in Klopp’s overhaul of the club.
This week served us with further evidence that the midfielder is an ideal candidate for stepping into the Anfield dugout.
With the Liverpool first team given a fortnight break by the Premier League, many of the senior squad are off around the world relaxing.
Milner, however, chose to train with the U23s ahead of their FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury Town, he then gave a team talk before the game and cheered them on from the sidelines.
Whilst the ex-England man has come out and said that his holiday wasn’t due to start until later in the week, the fact that he still gave up his free time to help nurture the youngsters speaks volumes about his character.
He has mountains of experience in the game and a determination to always improve himself and those around him: as seen in his own flourishing in his 30s and his contribution to the Young Reds’ FA Cup win.
With the two front runners to be Klopp’s replacement thought to be Pep Lijnders and Steven Gerrard, we could well need a new coach in the dugout.
James Milner would be the ideal candidate to become our new assistant manager should Lijnders get the top job.
Milly knows the style of football we will look to continue with and he is well respected by those throughout the club.
Furthermore, forgive the cliche, he is a Proper Football Man™ – as seen in the fact that he is still winning our fitness tests at the age of 34, he is likely to want a career in the game after he retires from playing. We shouldn’t let a man of his character go.