Four Managers Liverpool Could Target If Xabi Alonso Declines to Replace Klopp Next Season

There is no certainty that Xabi Alonso will be inclined to accept an offer to join Liverpool for the upcoming season.

Liverpool face the challenge of finding a top-tier manager to lead the team after Jurgen Klopp’s departure announcement. Several high-profile candidates, such as former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, have been mentioned in connection with the position. However, Alonso’s commitment to Bayer Leverkusen may prevent him from taking on the role at Anfield.

Newsnow Liverpool explores alternative options for Liverpool’s managerial position if Alonso decides against joining the club. One potential candidate, reportedly admired by Chelsea, is among the four alternatives being considered.

Ruben Amorim

Ruben Amorim has been linked with a Premier League move for some time, having firmly established himself as one of Europe’s hottest managerial properties.

He tends to employ a high press at Sporting, with his tactics reliant on pouncing when the opposition have been run ragged in a similar way to Klopp’s favoured ‘gegenpress’ style at Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea have spoken to the 39-year-old at various points over the last few years, according to The Athletic, but the Blues are not interested in appointing Amorim to replace Mauricio Pochettino any time soon.

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Their reluctance could open the door for Liverpool to pounce at the end of the season, unless any other clubs manage to prise him away from Sporting before then.

Roger Schmidt

Benfica boss Roger Schmidt is being mentioned as a potential successor to Klopp at Liverpool starting next season. Schmidt’s familiarity with Klopp’s methods stems from his tenure at Leverkusen while Klopp was at Dortmund.

Schmidt led Benfica to the Primeira Liga championship last season and has nurtured numerous promising talents during his stint in Portugal. He has expressed admiration for the English football culture, hinting at a possible inclination towards taking charge at Liverpool post-Klopp.

Hansi Flick

Hansi Flick has been without a position since departing from Germany in September, marking the first instance of a national team manager being dismissed in history. Nonetheless, he possesses ample managerial prowess, demonstrated notably during his tenure with Bayern Munich from 2019 to 2021.

A potential return to club management, particularly with Liverpool, might offer Flick the opportunity to reignite his coaching fervor. His favored high-intensity style of play aligns well with the ethos of the Reds, suggesting a potentially harmonious fit. While the prospect of him succeeding Klopp in the upcoming summer could be viewed as somewhat risky, it also holds promise for significant gains for the Merseyside club.

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Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank has significantly contributed to Brentford’s success, elevating the Bees to a top-tier team since their promotion to the Premier League in 2021.

Last season, they secured a commendable ninth-place finish, showcasing an entertaining yet defensively solid style of play. Their formation often resembled Liverpool’s familiar 4-3-3 setup under Klopp.

Under Frank’s guidance, Brentford has seen the development of numerous promising players, earning him recognition as one of the Premier League’s most underrated managers.

Additionally, his team has demonstrated remarkable prowess against top-tier opponents, securing notable victories against Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool in the previous season.

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