Who will succeed Klopp as Liverpool manager? Alonso already deflecting questions
By Associated Press
LIVERPOOL: As soon as the shock of Jurgen Klopp leaving Liverpool at season’s end wore off, speculation moved into hyperdrive about his replacement.
An “orderly process” to pick a new manager will be conducted privately, Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan said Friday.
“We won’t talk about other people and we won’t get into the name game,” Hogan said.
Here’s a look at possible successors:
Roberto De Zerbi
The 44-year-old Italian shepherded Brighton into European competition for the first time in club history. Brighton finished sixth in the English Premier League last season and has reached the round of 16 in the Europa League. He took over in September 2022 after Graham Potter left for Chelsea. De Zerbi has also coached Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk and had stints with Sassuolo, Benevento and Palermo in Italy.
The 36-year-old German is under contract as the coach of Germany through the European Championship this summer. He was Bayern’s youngest coach in 30 years when he was hired in 2021 after taking Leipzig to the Champions League semifinals. Bayern fired him last March and hired Thomas Tuchel.
The 58-year-old Australian is in his first season in charge at Tottenham. A hot start was followed by a slowdown but Spurs are in fifth place, three points from the top four and eight points back of first-placed Liverpool. Postecoglou won five trophies in his two seasons at Scottish club Celtic.
The Liverpool great provides an example of how quickly circumstances can change. The 43-year-old Englishman had a successful managerial run at Scottish giant Rangers before taking charge at Aston Villa in what was seen as a warmup for the Liverpool gig. He didn’t last a year in Birmingham, though. Gerrard is coaching in Saudi Arabia.
Liverpool confirmed that Lijnders, Klopp’s assistant coach, will also be leaving after this season. The 41-year-old Dutchman wants to pursue a managerial career. Hogan said “anything we can possibly do to help (his) career going forward, we will of course do.” Klopp said he’ll play no role in hiring his replacement: ”The last thing they need is advice from the old man walking out and telling them, ‘By the way, make sure you take or bring him in,’ or whatever, and I will definitely not do that.”
Like Gerrard at Villa, Potter’s step up from Brighton to Chelsea ended badly. He was fired after just six months in charge, but the 48-year-old Englishman could be due for another shot.