By Alex McMahon
Ancelotti or Klopp could be announced as the next Liverpool manager
On Sunday evening, Liverpool announced that Brendan Rodgers was to leave the club with immediate effect. The Reds have been linked with a number of potential suitors for the Anfield hot seat.
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp and the experienced Carlo Ancelotti are just two of the top contenders for the managerial role but there are many others who could lead Liverpool out of their current predicament. Here are five potential solutions that would help the Reds to improve in the coming weeks, months and years to come.
Klopp is one of the top-rated managers on the planet and would be an excellent choice to lead Liverpool in the future. Although he is yet to manage a club outside of Germany, the former Dortmund boss is more than capable of guiding the Reds up the Premier League table
His charisma, energy and character will help to transform the squad and reignite some confidence and belief throughout the dressing room. Many believe that fan-favourite Klopp is the right man to break Liverpool’s 25-year title duck.
Frank de Boer
The Ajax man has also been linked with the vacant Liverpool job but there are plenty of complications. De Boer is currently employed by Ajax and the Eredivisie leaders will be keen to keep the Dutchman at the Amsterdam Arena for the foreseeable future.
While he is a more than competent tactician, he is yet to truly prove himself on the European stage. At just 45 years old, De Boer is certainly one to watch in the future and it is likely that he will get an opportunity to manage an elite club at some stage in his managerial career.
The Italian has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world and would almost certainly succeed if the Liverpool board opt for him over the likes of Klopp and De Boer. He has gained experience at Juventus, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, whilst he also managed to win the Premier League in the 2009-10 campaign during his tenure at Chelsea.
Although Ancelotti is slightly older at 56 years old, his experience and tactical nous will come in handy for challenging on both the domestic and European fronts.
The Denmark legend is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in the modern era and played for the likes of Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout his illustrious career. Since his retirement, Laudrup has gained over a decade of managerial experience and enjoyed a relatively successful stint as Swansea City manager from 2012 to 2014.
In fact, he led the Welsh side to League Cup glory in his first season at the Liberty Stadium and deserves another opportunity to showcase his talents on the big stage.
Steven Gerrard (and bonus Jamie Carragher)
In terms of sentimental value, this would be the greatest managerial appointment of all-time. Ryan Giggs was appointed as Manchester United’s interim manager after David Moyes’ dismissal in the 2013-14 campaign and Liverpool fans would be overjoyed to see the two club legends take over at Anfield.
While this isn’t exactly the most plausible or sensible solution, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see these Liverpool legends at the helm in the future. However, it may be another ten years before either Red will be involved at Anfield once again.
Will Liverpool be tempted by Carlo Ancelotti’s experience or is Jurgen Klopp set for the hot seat? Let us know your thoughts!