The Next Chapter
With the devastating news that Jurgen Klopp will be leaving his position at Liverpool at the end of the season, many will wonder who could take his place at Anfield. However, there doesn’t seem to be a long list of managers available at the moment.
So we’re going to look at three potential Jurgen Klopp replacements and rate them out of 10, whilst looking at their previous experience and how they would fit in at Liverpool.
The former Liverpool maestro is in the middle of an extraordinary debut season as a manager at Bayer Leverkusen. His side currently sit top of the Bundesliga, currently unbeaten across all competitions.
Alonso has showcased an incredible tactical ability during his time at Leverkusen so far, scoring 50 goals in just 18 games but only conceding 14. This leaves them four points ahead of Bayern Munich in second place, who haven’t been able to keep up with Alonso’s relentless men.
In terms of philosophy, Alonso would be a solid fit to what Klopp has already been trying to achieve so far this season. This includes a fantastic passing style of play, but also building up that counter-press style of football that we saw in the opening years of Klopp’s reign.
There’s also the obvious point that Xabi Alonso understands the club more than any of the below names. The Spaniard made over 200 appearances for the Reds as a player and was famously part of the 2005 Champions League winning squad at Istanbul.
Liverpool could face competition from Real Madrid to secure his signature, but this would be the best option for the Reds, in my opinion.
Roberto De Zerbi
Another potential candidate for Liverpool would be the current Brighton manager, Roberto De Zerbi. The Italian has become one of the most exciting coaches in European football since joining the Seagulls from Sassuolo just over a year ago.
De Zerbi replaced Graham Potter and guided Brighton to European football in their first season, going head-to-head with the likes of Marseille and Ajax in the group stage. Brighton currently sit 7th in the Premier League and have their eyes set on another season of European football, with De Zerbi at the forefront.
The Brighton boss’ style of play would be a decent fit to the high intensity that is expected of a Liverpool side over recent years. The only slight negative to the idea of De Zerbi is the lack of experience at a top European club, whereas Alonso is already fighting for league titles in Germany.
Either way, if Liverpool don’t go for De Zerbi, expect to see him at Chelsea or Manchester City in the next few years.
A few years back, Nagelsmann was the most exciting manager on the continent after a stellar few seasons at RB Leipzig. The 36-year-old would go to Bayern Munich but be sacked after just over a year, despite boasting an average of 2.31 points per game.
Nagelsmann now finds himself at the helm of the Germany National Team since early 2023, but hasn’t quite got his side up and running yet.
There’s no doubt that Nagelsmann has an incredibly high ceiling in terms of potential and could actually be the perfect Jurgen Klopp replacement. However, at such a turbulent stage of his career, I think it could be a massive risk by Liverpool.
The German’s style of play and philosophy would likely be received well by the Anfield faithful, but perhaps this opportunity has come slightly too soon for the young head coach.