Liverpool have initiated the quest for Jurgen Klopp’s successor, responding to the German’s announcement of his departure from Anfield after nine years of dedicated service at the end of the season.
Several candidates are under consideration, with four managers reportedly emerging as frontrunners.
As per insights from transfer specialist Ben Jacobs, the primary contenders to step into Klopp’s role include Roberto De Zerbi from Brighton, Xabi Alonso from Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim, and the former Germany manager Hansi Flick.
These managerial prospects boast distinctive playing styles, necessitating the recruitment of new talent during the summer to facilitate a smooth transition. In this context, Newsnow Liverpool takes a look at potential high-profile transfer targets for each of the four leading candidates should they secure the managerial position.
De Zerbi – Evan Ferguson
If Roberto De Zerbi makes a switch to Liverpool, it is highly likely that he will express a strong interest in bringing Evan Ferguson along with him. Ferguson, a 19-year-old talent, is widely acknowledged as one of the most promising young strikers globally.
He could potentially serve as Liverpool’s solution in scoring goals if they decide to part ways with the Egyptian standout, Mohammed Salah, who is rumored to be considering a move to Saudi Arabia during the upcoming summer.
Despite Darwin Nunez’s evident strengths, there remain uncertainties about his composure in front of the goal. This uncertainty opens up the possibility for Ferguson to carve out a significant role as a regular starting striker for Liverpool in the years ahead.
Amorin – Goncalo Inacio
Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for center-back Goncalo Inacio. If given the managerial role at Anfield, Amorin could reunite with Inacio, who has reportedly declined a move to Newcastle, preferring potential transfers to Liverpool, Real Madrid, or Manchester United. Reports from Portugal suggest that securing this deal might not be a challenging task.
Hansi Flick – Joshua Kimmich
If Flick takes charge at Liverpool, he may target Joshua Kimmich, considering his Bayern Munich contract is set to expire in 2025 with no apparent renewal. The German international could be a valuable addition to address Liverpool’s defensive midfield needs.
Alonso – Piero Hincapie
Xabi Alonso boasts several promising young talents at Bayer Leverkusen that align well with Liverpool’s system, with Piero Hincapie standing out as a particularly fitting choice. At 22, he excels in both center-back and left-back positions, addressing the Reds’ need for depth with a touch of class.
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