Brendan Rodgers was sacked allegedly before Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Everton, or at least was told he would be. This became his last game for the club after the Liverpool hierarchy proved to be relatively patient with him. Now Liverpool are in the hunt for a new manager, but which four people could replace him at the Anfield club?
1) Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp is available to manage a new club and has reportedly been sounded out for the Liverpool job in the past. The German comes with a wealth of experience having turned a low spending Borussia Dortmund side into Champions League finalists and Bundesliga winners. Whilst things unraveled somewhat in the end he certainly fits the mould for what Liverpool would want. He’s capable of competing with bigger spending teams and employed a great style of direct, attacking football that Liverpool fans will no doubt want to see. Great experience in Europe also sets him a part from Rodgers, who was lacking at the top level.
2) Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti has won it all. Three different Champions League medals with two different clubs. He’s also won the tournament twice as a player and won the domestic double in his first season at Chelsea. Lifting the Decima with Real Madrid was the pinnacle of his European calibre but domestically he has never been a dominant force. At Milan for instance he won just one title between 2001-09 and at PSG he won just won title in two years, which is poor for a club who are by far the biggest spenders in that league. Ancelotti’s record suggests that he might not be the man to deliver success in the Premier League, even though he did win it in his first year for Chelsea. Regardless he is a top tier manager, as Rodgers was not.
3) Frank de Boer
An excellent player and someone establishing himself as a good manager too. de Boer has won four league titles with Ajax, winning it every year but one. Like Klopp he has managed on relatively slim resources at Ajax, but because of this hasn’t made much headway in European competitions with the club. The Dutch league simply isn’t as competitive as it once was though. Perhaps with Liverpool he could perform a different job. Tactically he is sound and would want to develop the squad at Liverpool with a clear ethos. Undoubtedly he’d be a good option.
4) Walter Mazzarri
Mazzarri’s only accomplishment has been the Coppa Italia, although he is the bookies fourth favourite to take over from Rodgers. His best spell came at Napoli where he produced an exciting team with Edison Cavani as the focal point of the attack, a side who cost Andre Villas-Boas his job at Chelsea. Mazzarri is firmly the outsider here and is unlikely to take over at the club.