Former Liverpool player stresses the need for Klopp’s “replacement candidate,” Ruben Amorim, to adapt to the Premier League

Former Liverpool player stresses the need for Klopp's "replacement candidate," Ruben Amorim, to adapt to the Premier League Transfers

Since the announcement of Jurgen Klopp’s retirement, the personnel moves have begun to take place regarding the next manager to take charge at Anfield.

Michael Edwards has also accelerated the process with his appointment as CEO of the football division at Fenway Sports Group, which includes Liverpool.

While several candidates have been floated, Xabi Alonso, who was considered a major contender, has decided to remain at Bayer Leverkusen for the upcoming season, and the second choice, Reuben Amorim, is being eyed with enthusiasm.

The promising young coach, who is gaining recognition at Sporting, is also receiving interest from Barcelona and other clubs.

Former Portugal U-21 midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira, who spent time at Sporting as a youngster and was at Liverpool from 2012 to 2016, stressed that the Premier League is a league that requires time to adapt and is different from other leagues.

“Tactically they’re both different,”

“They play differently, with Klopp in a four-man defence and Ruben in a three-man defence. Ruben has proved his worth and has done well in recent years, even though he’s young.”

“He’s already been a champion. They have had good results in the Champions League and Europa League. Sporting are playing well this year, but they were already playing well in previous years.”

“Ruben is gaining prestige so that he can then move on to a challenge like Liverpool. In a situation like I think happened with Chelsea, when they hired Mourinho and then Villas-Boas.”

“You can adapt well (in England) because it is a country where football works very well. In England everything is super organised and there is no confusion. Everything is prepared in advance so that it goes well.”

“But it is a difficult league for a coach to adapt to. You have to adapt to life, training and schedules. It’s above all adapting to the game and the new reality, very different from what happens not only in Portugal, but in other countries.”

“Even Guardiola, when he arrived in the Premier League, conceded many goals on the counter-attack and had to adapt. The pace is different. You can have the game under control and from one moment to the next everything changes.”