Potential replacements for Jurgen Klopp as the next Liverpool manager

Jurgen Klopp shocked the world today when he announced that he would be stepped down as manager of Liverpool FC.

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The footballing world was shocked when manager Jurgen Klopp announced he would be stepped down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season.

To put it mildly, this is stunning news because there was no prior hint of it prior to the video’s publication.

The announcement will devastate Reds fans around the world as Klopp is widely regarded as one of the best managers in world football.

It’s hard to imagine Liverpool without Jurgen Klopp, but the club hierarchy will now have to search for a new manager for next season.

Any incoming manager will have big boots to fill, so the Anfield club will have ensure the correct appointment is made.

The last thing the Merseyside outfit will want to do is go backwards after Jurgen Klopp has reestablished Liverpool as a global powerhouse.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at eight potential replacements for the much-adored German.

Xabi Alonso

The Spanish manager is one of the more obvious candidates for the job.

His body of work with Bayer Leverkusen speaks volumes, and his side are still the only Top 5 League side to remain unbeaten this season.

Alonso is challenging Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season, and could finally break the stranglehold the Bavarians have on the division.

He has got a tune out of the likes of Jeremie Frimpong, Victor Boniface, and Alex Grimaldo.

Leverkusen are playing attractive, attacking football, with an emphasis on wingbacks providing attacking value – which sounds awfully familiar to some of Jurgen Klopp’s systems over the years.

There are rumours of a secret exit clause in Alonso contract that will allow him to leave to one of the three big clubs he represented in his playing career – Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Roberto de Zerbi

The Italian manager has impressed with Brighton since replacing Graham Potter last season.

He has plenty of experience as a head coach, having previously managed Palermo, Benevento, Sassualo, and Shaktar Donetsk over a period of five years.

The Seagulls have been excellent in Europe this season, further earmarking De Zerbi as a feasible candidate.

Brighton play possession-based football and are amongst the best in the world at passing out from the back.

The 44-year-old would likely jump at the chance to manage a bigger club, as his Brighton side can take on even the best teams in the world on their day.

Rúben Amorim

Amorim is another young and upcoming manager who has caught the eye on occasion.

He was only 34-years-old when became manager of Braga for the first time.

His performances there caused him to get picked up by Portuguese giants Sporting CP- where he currently is.

Amorim was heavily-linked to Manchester United before Erik ten Hag was appointed.

He is a three-time Portuguese League Cup winner, two with Sporting and one with Braga.

Additionally, he won the Primeira Liga with Sporting in the 2020/21 season.

Impressively, he boasts a 70% win rate as a manager after over 200 games [sofascore]

Steven Gerrard

There was a time where it felt like it was Gerrard’s destiny to manage Liverpool FC.

Due to his status as club legend, many believed the ex-Anfield skipper would be next in-line after Jurgen Klopp bid goodbye.

However, after lackluster stints at both Aston Villa and now Al-Ettifaq, it’s not looking so clear for the former England international.

He struggled to get Aston Villa ticking, and was sacked in October 2022 with the Villains only above the relegation spots on goal difference.

However, one must not forget Gerrard’s exploits with Rangers, where he managed to secure a Scttosih Premiership title in his debut season.

Nonetheless, Gerrard would represent a big risk for the Anfield hierarchy and will likely not be considered.

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