Whenever the German national team is in bad shape or a manager is dismissed, the name of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is always mentioned in the media as a possible successor. This time, with the sacking of Hansi Flick, the German manager is once again in the headlines.
Klopp is under contract with Liverpool until 2026 and has made it clear that he will remain under contract with the club regardless of how much talk of a long wait is generated in Germany, so there is no future for him at Anfield other than being sacked by the owners or his contract expiring.
However, Klopp’s departure will come at some point. Steven Gerrard, who was rumored to be the leading candidate, failed at Aston Villa and dropped out of the race. Although he is taking charge in Saudi Arabia, he is far from being appointed as Liverpool’s manager.
Xabi Alonso, who is one of the most popular new faces in the Bundesliga, is also a popular choice, but Real Madrid has expressed interest and could take over the job as early as next season.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has said that he is a great admirer of Roberto De Zerbi’s ability to lead Brighton and that he would be a good choice to succeed him.
“I’ve got the answer, so I’m not worried about (Klopp leaving),”
“I think De Zerbi is perfect. He’ll be ready then (to take over).”
“I think he plays great football, he looks a strong character, he’s learning his trade in this league with Brighton and doing it superbly well.”
“I don’t see a better candidate.”
“Things change in football really quickly. So, the flavour of the month might be someone else this time next year,”
“But I think he’s (De Zerbi) the real deal.”
“There is something about him. After meeting him as well, (I can say) he’s got real gravitas. A real presence. And I love the way his teams play.”
“But I can’t see Klopp going for some time yet. He’s got this new influx of players, and he seems enthused by Liverpool’s start (to the season) and the promising start of some of the new signings.”talkSPORT