This “Unique” Ruben Amorim Alternative Could Propel Harvey Elliott to New Heights at Liverpool

Liverpool’s hopes of finding the perfect successor for Jurgen Klopp have taken a hit.

The pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso seems to have come to an end, with indications suggesting he will remain in Germany to continue leading Die Werkself. Currently, Leverkusen hold a commanding lead in the Bundesliga, remain active in the DFB Pokal and Europa League, and boast an undefeated record across all competitions.

Despite this setback, FSG’s new CEO of Football, Michael Edwards, appears unfazed by the challenge, already devising alternative strategies to address the situation.

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Ruben Amorim

One potential candidate on the radar is Ruben Amorim, the current manager of Sporting Lisbon. Amorim emerges as a leading contender for the Liverpool job, though his contract includes a €30m (£26m) release clause.

Another viable option being considered is Roberto De Zerbi, currently managing Brighton & Hove Albion. De Zerbi is regarded as a strong candidate to step into Klopp’s shoes, although he ranks below Alonso and Amorim in Liverpool’s preferences.

Why Roberto De Zerbi Would Succeed at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp, praising De Zerbi’s Brighton as “the best-coached team in the league,” emphasized the Italian’s effectiveness despite potential perceptions of a downgrade in his appointment. De Zerbi, a former Italian footballer, brings proven experience in the Premier League and stands as one of the premier options available.

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Roberto De Zerbi

Taking over from Graham Potter at the Amex Stadium, De Zerbi guided the south coast club to their inaugural European campaign, albeit falling short in the round of 16 against Roma.

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Despite encountering challenges in the domestic season, likely exacerbated by the additional demands of European competition, Brighton remains within striking distance of seventh-placed West Ham United by just two points, with a game in hand. West Ham currently occupy a position that hovers over the Conference League spot.

De Zerbi’s record vs Klopp
Goals scored10
Goals against6
Stats via Transfermarkt.

De Zerbi has displayed an impressive track record against Klopp’s Liverpool, managing to steer clear of defeat in all four encounters. This highlights the effectiveness of the 44-year-old’s well-thought-out approach, which involves stifling opposition and outmaneuvering defenders and midfielders with intricate passing sequences.

However, despite its merits, this high-risk, high-reward strategy has resulted in eight errors leading to goals in the current Premier League season, tying with Sheffield United for the highest number in the division.

Nevertheless, Liverpool, under Klopp’s leadership, are not known for playing conservatively. While De Zerbi adopts a distinct, pass-oriented style of play, the Reds possess the intelligence and tactical acumen to thrive under his tutelage.

Perfect for Harvey Elliott

De Zerbi’s tactical prowess could prove to be an ideal match for players like Harvey Elliott, known for their creativity and fluidity on the field. Despite being just 20 years old, Elliott is on the brink of securing a pivotal role within Liverpool’s squad.

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The young English talent has been showcasing exceptional form both at the club and international levels in recent months. He’s seamlessly blending his natural flair and elegance into a highly productive style of play.

According to FBref data, Elliott stands out among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues over the past year. He ranks in the top 1% for assists, the top 5% for shot-creating actions, the top 6% for progressive passes, the top 3% for progressive carries, and the top 1% for total shots taken per 90 minutes.

These impressive statistics underline Elliott’s exceptional abilities with the ball, positioning him well as he competes for a leading role in the Premier League.

De Zerbi’s possession-oriented and polished playing style might complement Elliott effectively, enhancing his playmaking talents and fostering the current spark that shines brightly this season.

Pep Guardiola, highly respected manager of Manchester City, commented that De Zerbi stands out as “one of the most impactful managers in the last two decades,” praising his unique football approach. While he may not possess the same level of prestige and fame as a manager like Alonso, there is a strong possibility that he will keep thriving.

Though it carries some uncertainty, Liverpool could find worse options than considering the Brighton manager for appointment.

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