For a time now, the succession plan after Jurgen Klopp has been an interesting topic for discussion.
As things stand, the German manager is tied down to another four years at the Anfield helm with his contract set to expire in 2024.
Similarly to Liverpool’s player recruitment system, the club will have one eye to the future in terms of management with a number of viable candidates potentially drawn up.
Take Kostas Tsimikas, Liverpool had previously monitored the Greek international for three years before moving to Anfield from Olympiakos on Monday.
The ideal succession plan for a number of supporters when Klopp’s tenure one-day runs its course is for former club captain Steven Gerrard to then take the Anfield reigns.
After all, it all seemed written in the stars when Klopp and Gerrard both extended their managerial contracts at their respected clubs within hours of each other.
Gerrard has had to face a number of testing challenges during his short stint at management.
Whilst the main obstacles in management may come in the form of attracting players, making signings as well as putting your own key principles in place, the former Liverpool captain has had to learn something else entirely.
He has had to adapt when his methods aren’t working and his relatively limited experience means he is always learning on the job.
This makes it difficult to imagine that in four years time, the former England skipper will be primed and ready to take the reins at Liverpool and to become the eventual successor to arguably the club’s most transformative manager since Bill Shankly.
Liverpool’s charismatic and infectious leader has reinstated the club back amongst Europe’s elite and has inspired a model to success that every team across the continent now aspires to emulate.
Another option for Liverpool will likely to be to look at the next best alternative to Klopp and a manager that commands a similar aura of excitement.
One managerial name that continues to rightly receive plaudits is RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Having begun his career with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga before moving onto Leipzig, Nagelsmansn has been the inspirational figure in guiding the German outfit to their first-ever Champions League semi-final which is a huge indicator that he would be a leading contender for the Liverpool job.
Reports from the Independent confirm that Nagelsmann has been one of the most sought after managers in Europe with a number of the continent’s top clubs closely monitoring the German head coach.
He even turned down the opportunity to work with 13-time European Cup-winners Real Madrid in 2018 before agreeing to join Leipzig from Hoffenheim the following summer.
Nagelsmann has long been touted as one of the game’s best up-and-coming great footballing minds. He has successfully developed and nurtured the talent of Leipzig’s future stars such as Marcel Sabitzer, Dayot Upamecano and Christopher Nkunku who have all starred in club football’s biggest competition this season.
Leipzig, similarly to Liverpool, have adopted a more controlled and dominant approach to their style of play which Atletico Madrid felt the full force of during Leipzig’s 2-1 victory on Thursday.
It’s a tactical pathway that Liverpool themselves have mastered over the years and Nagelsmann’s time in Germany emulating this particular model will only benefit the likelihood of being a viable candidate for the managerial vacancy at Anfield in the distant future.
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