Liverpool next manager Top 10 contenders – 70% win-rate boss now in pole position

Liverpool next manager Top 10 contenders - 70% win-rate boss now in pole position

Liverpool are working behind the scenes on appointing a new manager, with Jurgen Klopp set to leave at the end of the season.

The German will be sorely missed at Anfield, but has the chance to end his lengthy reign on a high with Premier League and Europa League glory, having already lifted the League Cup this season.

While he continues his hard work on the pitch and training ground, Reds chiefs are busy trying to find a successor in the dugout.

Football Insider takes a look at the top 10 candidates to take over from Klopp at Liverpool based on the latest information from sources.

10. Marco Silva (Fulham)

Fulham

Silva is doing a wonderful job in West London, having transformed Fulham from a Championship club to a reliable mid-table Premier League outfit.

He does, of course, have a questionable past in the eyes of Liverpool fans, having managed fierce rivals Everton once upon a time.

But perhaps the powers that be at Anfield would be willing to overlook his Toffees past as they search for a Klopp successor.

The 46-year-old certainly knows how to grind out results in the top flight, and could really bring out the best of many Liverpool players, much like he has done with several Fulham men.

Managerial statistics: Managed (458) | Wins (227) | Draws (90) | Losses (141) – Overall win rate (49.5%)

9. Unai Emery (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa

The Spaniard has overseen a superb turnaround in the Villa Park dugout, taking the Midlands club into the Champions League places this season.

It remains to be seen if they will finish there, having been humiliated 4-1 by title-chasing Man City on Wednesday (3 April).

But a scenario whereby Aston Villa fail to clinch a top-four spot could work in favour of Liverpool, who could perhaps tempt Emery to move to bigger and better things at Anfield.

The Spanish manager certainly has unfinished business in the upper echelons of the Premier League after his disappointing spell at Arsenal.

Managerial statistics: Managed (902) | Wins (483) | Draws (192) | Losses (227) – Overall win rate (53.5%)

8. Pep Lijnders (Liverpool assistant)

A man who knows the Merseyside club very well, Lijnders could be well-placed to succeed Klopp having worked alongside him for several years.

He did, however, express his desire to leave Anfield alongside the German, but a lucrative offer from the Liverpool chiefs would undoubtedly change his mind.

But there is also a chance of Lijnders pursuing his managerial career elsewhere, having already done so briefly with NEC Nijmegen.

Recent reports suggest that Dutch giants Ajax could come calling, which would understandably be hard for the 41-year-old to turn down.

Managerial statistics: Managed (22) | Wins (11) | Draws (4) | Losses (7) – Overall win rate (50%)

7. Zinedine Zidane (Unattached)

One surprise candidate to take over in the Anfield dugout is former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

Given what he has achieved as a player and a boss, his presence on Merseyside would undoubtedly excite Liverpool fans.

But he has been out of managerial work for three years, with the more realistic Reds fans perhaps wanting a more reliable and ready manager coming in for Klopp.

His plans remain unclear, but there is no denying Zidane’s success, with the Frenchman having lifted three Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

Managerial statistics: Managed (301) | Wins (190) | Draws (63) | Losses (48) – Overall win rate (63.1%)

6. Thomas Tuchel (Bayern Munich)

Arsenal

A Champions League winner with Chelsea, Tuchel also boasts plenty of top-level experience from his time at Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.

He has continued his trend of managing huge European clubs with his current spell at Bayern Munich, but it has already been decided that Tuchel will depart at the end of the season.

A disappointing domestic campaign for the German giants may somewhat tarnish his reputation, but more Champions League glory is still on the cards this season.

Liverpool chiefs will get a much closer look when Tuchel brings his Bayern side to Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the competition next week.

Managerial statistics: Managed (597) | Wins (351) | Draws (104) | Losses (142) – Overall win rate (58.7%)

5. Xavi (Barcelona)

Remarkably, another manager who has made it to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League and will step down at the end of the season, Xavi is a name that draws huge respect in the world of football.

The Spanish legend achieved phenomenal success on the pitch, before forging a successful managerial career back at his beloved Barcelona.

But a mixed campaign has resulted in an exit in the near future, a situation which Liverpool could look to benefit from.

His style of play would be appreciated by the Anfield faithful, but it seems that the Reds may just have to battle it out with other top clubs if they want to snap him up this summer.

Managerial statistics: Managed (229) | Wins (150) | Draws (36) | Losses (43) – Overall win rate (65.5%)

4. Xabi Alonso (Bayer Leverkusen)

Having been the strong favourite to become the next Liverpool manager not long ago, Alonso has now dropped well down the list after announcing last week he will remain at Bayer Leverkusen for another season.

Sources have told Football Insider that, beyond that, the former Reds midfielder prefers a move to Bayer Leverkusen’s German rivals Bayern Munich.

There is, of course, still time for the 42-year-old to change his mind about staying for another year, and indeed opt for a dramatic return to Anfield instead.

Given what he has achieved at Leverkusen and indeed his history on Merseyside, Liverpool would be foolish not to keep Alonso on speed dial right until the very last minute.

Managerial statistics: Managed (175) | Wins (92) | Draws (38) | Losses (45) – Overall win rate (52.5%)

3. Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton)

Another manager that has slipped down the order is Brighton boss De Zerbi, with The Telegraph reporting that the Italian is not currently considered a leading candidate.

But again, Liverpool should be doing their utmost to at least keep tabs on the 44-year-old, who is working wonders on the south coast.

Like Alonso, he is much younger than Klopp and so has less experience, but the boss has already proven his managerial know-how and is capable of succeeding domestically and in Europe.

Brighton will be reluctant to let go of their main man so soon, but perhaps the decision will come down to De Zerbi himself at the end of the current campaign.

Managerial statistics: Managed (385) | Wins (160) | Draws (92) | Losses (133) – Overall win rate (41.5%)

2. Julian Nagelsmann (Germany)

Liverpool could maintain their strong Germany connection when Klopp leaves by replacing him with compatriot Nagelsmann.

The 36-year-old is in the very early stages of his managerial career, but has already left a lasting mark at the likes of RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich.

Now in charge of the German national team, the manager has a huge summer ahead, with his country hosting Euro 2024.

But Nagelsmann’s contract will expire upon the conclusion of the major tournament, with the Reds then potentially making their move for his services.

Managerial statistics: Managed (394) | Wins (224) | Draws (90) | Losses (80) – Overall win rate (56.8%)

1. Ruben Amorim (Sporting CP)

The current favourite and, from what Football Insider has been told by sources in the last 24 hours, the most likely man to replace Klopp in the Anfield home dugout next season.

Given his success in Portugal, Sporting boss Amorim has been linked with a move away for some time, with many top clubs interested in his services.

And he has now jumped to the top of the Liverpool shortlist, with Portuguese football journalist Pedro Sepulveda also providing an intriguing update on Sky Sports News.

Sepulveda has explained that the 39-year-old has the same agent as Reds star Luis Diaz, meaning a strong relationship already exists between the parties, with the first contacts having already been made.

Moreover, Amorim has a release clause of €30million (£25.7million), with a verbal agreement in place between his side and Sporting that the club won’t fight or negotiate that figure should they receive an offer of €15-€20million, opening the door for a move to Anfield.

There could be plenty more twists and turns to come, but Amorim is currently the man in pole position.

Managerial statistics: Managed (221) | Wins (155) | Draws (32) | Losses (34) – Overall win rate (70.1%)

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