Liverpool Football Club last night announced the departure of Brendan Rodgers with immediate effect. Regarding the appointment of a new manager, a club statement read – “The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, former AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG, and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, and current Ajax manager Frank De Boer are some of the names linked with the Anfield job.
While speculation over who becomes the next Liverpool manager continues, let us look at what some of the reliable journalists and correspondents are saying regarding the vacant Anfield job.
Paul Joyce of the Express, who generally seems to know his stuff, reported:
‘Jurgen Klopp is understood to be Liverpool’s preferred choice and is likely to agree the existing ownership model of FSG.
‘Carlo Ancelotti is due to be in England this week on business, although he believes the Anfield club are keener on Klopp.’
Tony Barrett of The Times reported:
‘Jurgen Klopp has emerged as the frontrunner to become the new Liverpool manager and the process is already under way. Klopp’s camp have made it known that he would welcome an approach.
Carlo Ancelotti is also under consideration. He’s also interested in the position but believes he’s second choice to Klopp.’
James Pearce of The Liverpool Echo reported:
‘Jurgen Klopp is the leading candidate to be named as Liverpool’s new manager.
The ECHO understands that the Reds will make an approach to the former Borussia Dortmund boss over the coming days as they seek a successor to Brendan Rodgers,
Carlo Ancelotti and Frank de Boer will also come under consideration but Klopp is viewed as the ideal replacement by Anfield’s hierarchy.’
Vinny O’Connor of Sky Sports reported:
“The process of appointing a new manager is well underway at Liverpool, and sources tell us that contact has already been made between Liverpool and Klopp’s and Ancelotti’s representatives.
The time scale is that Liverpool will try to get talks underway before the end of this week as the aim is to appoint a new manager before the next Premier League fixture, which is away at Tottenham on the 17th.”
Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph reported:
“Liverpool will open discussions with the former Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp, after ending Brendan Rodgers’ three year reign at Anfield.
Having made it clear how eager he is to move to Merseyside, Klopp is expected to hold talks in the coming days and is seen as a more likely fit for the club than Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian will still be sounded out, but Liverpool plan to name Rodgers’s replacement before the club’s next League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Oct 17.
A decision on the next manager will be based on which of the candidates is most willing to work within Liverpool’s existing structure, and who believes they can get the most out of the existing squad.”
Ben Smith of the BBC reported:
“Liverpool intend to open talks with Jurgen Klopp this week. I’m told he’s open to idea of moving to Anfield. Ancelotti another option.
Carlo Ancelotti is in London (where Liverpool have an office) at present but Jurgen Klopp is seen by FSG as an excellent fit”