Premier League Player Backs His Former Boss to Succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

A manager who has been highly touted as a promising candidate for the Liverpool position has earned a glowing endorsement from a former player of his, who now plays for a Premier League side.

Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha, who has been the subject of speculation regarding a potential transfer to Anfield in recent months, is confident that his former managers at Braga and Sporting Lisbon, Ruben Amorim, could excel in leading the Reds to success.

Speaking to O Jogo [via Desporto Sapo], the 28-year-old said: “Ruben is a coach with a lot of quality, one of the best in Portugal. He has done an excellent job since Braga.

“He has in-depth knowledge of the game and has a close relationship with the players. The way he is growing, he will not be in Portugal for much longer.”

Palhinha continued: “Capable of taking over Liverpool? Yes, of course, although the pressure is different. When you coach a big Portuguese club, you have pressure from the fans and the size of the club itself, which forces you to win.

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“When you coach Liverpool, you have pressure from the fans, the club, and the whole world. The way he is growing, I think it will be a matter of time.”

Palhinha highlighted the weighty expectations that accompany managing Liverpool, contrasting them with Amorim’s experience of handling pressure at clubs where vying for trophies is a baseline requirement.

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Amorim clinched the Primeira Liga title in his debut season with Sporting and currently steers them toward another potential triumph, leading arch-rivals Benfica by a slim margin with a game in hand.

While merely advancing from the Champions League group stage, as achieved two seasons ago, would suffice in Lisbon, at Anfield, such an achievement would be seen as a minimum expectation, with hopes of deeper runs in the competition.

Palhinha’s endorsement of Amorim’s capabilities at Liverpool stems from their shared tenure at two clubs, potentially resonating with decision-makers Michael Edwards and Richard Hughes.

Formal interviews are anticipated in the coming weeks, prolonging speculation, yet it appears Amorim’s name will persist as a prominent contender among the managerial candidates for Liverpool.

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