Liverpool Reportedly Hold Talks with Manager Target as Rival Club Withdraw Interest

Liverpool reportedly engaged in discussions with Sporting manager Ruben Amorim, whereas Barcelona have opted to withdraw their interest.

After Xabi Alonso’s decision to remove himself from consideration as Jurgen Klopp’s replacement, the media swiftly turned its focus to Portuguese manager Amorim, amid reports of ongoing discussions.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein wrote: “He is very much in the frame for Liverpool – not Barcelona – and conversations have taken place.”

At around the same time, multiple other sources, such as the Catalunya-based SPORT, have also stated that he is no longer Barcelona’s primary target.

Ornstein added: “Despite many on the outside suggesting he is the top target, I’m not sure that’s the case internally – not because someone else is or he won’t become that but because there isn’t one while Liverpool continue with what will be a thorough process.”

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There has been a debate regarding the price of acquiring Amorim from Sporting this summer. The Athletic reporter suggests that the release clause is expected to be around £8.5 million.

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The journalist went on to say: “An additional point worth mentioning is that one of Amorim’s key staff members is Paulo Barreira, who is an injury prevention and conditioning expert and used to work at Liverpool.

“If things do develop in the direction of Amorim to Liverpool, Barreira is probably someone to keep an eye on.”

Large-scale changes are on the horizon for the summer season. Richard Hughes is set to join as the sporting director, while Michael Edwards will assume the CEO of football position under FSG.

Joining the team is Jansen Moreno, the newly appointed opposition analyst. Additionally, talks are underway to bring on board Pedro Marques, the technical director from Benfica, in some capacity under the ownership.

With FSG exploring multi-club ownership, Marques and Edwards may have reduced involvement in Liverpool’s day-to-day operations.

Considering Amorim’s potential impact as a coach, his proactive style is a notable attribute that could benefit Liverpool.

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Portuguese football journalist Tom Kundert spoke highly of the job he is doing in the Liga Portugal, telling This Is Anfield: “He’s been absolutely brilliant since he’s been at Sporting.

“You cannot really kind of overstate the impact which he’s had. If you just look at his record, he’s almost been a bit of a miracle worker.

“Importantly, too, his side are defensively very solid.”

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