Manchester City could turn to a former Liverpool man to replace Pep Guardiola, according to reports. It’s a move that could have a big effect on the Reds.
This comes from the Daily Mail. They claim that Brendan Rodgers is on the shortlist to replace Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
That change could even happen within the next 18 months as the Spaniard looks to step aside. The interest is apparent to the point that Rodgers is willing to turn down a lucrative job with Newcastle United in order to wait for City.
Rodgers, of course, managed Liverpool between 2012 and 2015 before being replaced by Jurgen Klopp. He came very close to winning the Premier League title in 2014 only to narrowly lose out to City.
City look to replace Guardiola
We don’t know if Rodgers is actually going to get the gig after Guardiola but he’ll certainly be in the frame. In fact, there aren’t too many better choices in our estimation.
And while it’s never nice to see an ex-Red join a rival, we did have to come to terms with Rafa Benitez at Everton this summer. This really isn’t close in comparison.
But it would still have implications for Liverpool going forward. Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world and whoever replaces him will be a step down. City just need to ensure that step isn’t too large.
Rodgers would be a fairly formidable rival for Liverpool as he is a top manager with a knack for fitting teams together. Give him elite players and we know he’ll create something special.
The other factor here is Jurgen Klopp. Klopp’s contract expires in 2024 and Liverpool will need a replacement of their own soon after City replace Guardiola.
Can they find someone superior to their former manager? It’ll be a tough task but one that may end up shaping the title race long-term.