It’s not just about strategy or personality fit…A sports journalist explains the process of Liverpool’s search for a new manager

It's not just about strategy or personality fit...A sports journalist explains the process of Liverpool's search for a new manager Transfers

Since last year, when Jurgen Klopp’s retirement was announced, Liverpool has begun a search for a new commander to take charge of the new era, and data analytics was used to its fullest extent.

Data analytics was used to its fullest extent, and the results led to a list of four managers, including Xabi Alonso, Ruben Amorim, Robert de Zerbi, and Julian Nagelsmann.

Ben Jacobs, a sports journalist, explained that the selection process was based not only on the tactics and character of the players, but also on their ability to manage the budget and the motivation of the players.

“Bit more on Liverpool’s managerial search. Shortlisting using data began last year with several candidates looked at.”

“Managers judged not just on whether they are football, strategic and personality fits, but based on the budgets and models they worked within and their man management skills. Attitude and involvement in recruitment seen as important.”

“Xabi Alonso, Ruben Amorim, Roberto De Zerbi and Julian Nagelsmann all scored highly.”

“Data used for legwork, but Liverpool always wanted to finalise structure before narrowing down the shortlist and interviewing.”

“Appointing Michael Edwards and Richard Hughes has allowed them to move forward. And Hughes can lead the search to replace Jurgen Klopp despite not officially starting until June 1. Bournemouth comfortable with this. All parties transparent.”

“Alonso was a leading choice, but Liverpool expect him to stay at Leverkusen. Liverpool and Bayern both have the same intel. Bayern’s honorary president Uli Hoeness said today it’s “practically impossible” to get Alonso this summer.”

“Alonso has a strong relationship with Leverkusen’s leadership, including CEO Fernando Carro. Staying for another season, and leading Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League always one strong possibility. It also opens the door to a Real Madrid move in summer 2025.”

“Liverpool calm about the situation and expect to finalise a new manager before the season ends, and in plenty of time. Search to replace Jurgen Klopp was never reliant on one candidate.”