With Klopp, sadly, set to leave at the end of the season, immediately after his announcement, the media and bookies have wasted no time in compiling a list of managers touted as his possible replacement. And it does not really inspire a single ounce of confidence in me.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love Xabi Alonso as much as the next person. I was gutted when he left the way he did. I adored Rafa and he could do almost no wrong in my eyes, but the way he did Xabi is maybe the one blot on his Liverpool Football Club (LFC) career for me. As good as Xabi is and the trajectory his career is on, I still have my doubts about him. He should be LFC manager one day, but for me, not from this summer.
He should be allowed to grow more as a manager in a less pressured environment, like where is now and then in 2 or 3 seasons, based on how well he’s done there, he should come. I get the romance behind it and how it’s more an emotionally charged choice, but the last thing I want is for him to take the task on to soon and allow it to destroy him, like Gerrard jumped ship at Glasgow Rangers way too early and look at him now.
The other names are all a big no no for me. Some like De Zerbi, their playing style suits ours, but then I feel the character and personality of the manager would not suit LFC. And then also like Xabi, some of these guys have not really achieved all that much in their careers. It’s either relatively short, or they’ve not won much.
One name surprisingly not being mentioned, is one that many on this site have touted a good couple of months before Klopp’s shock announcement. And I cannot believe that Jose Mourinho makes this bookies/ media list, but this guy, who I believe will be a good fit, his name is never in this conversation.
Ladies and gentlemen – Hansi Flick.
He dominated club football with Bayern not too long ago. Won multiple trophies with them had a much more successful season than us with Bayern when somehow Klopp won the Coach Of The Year Award over him. He has experience at the very top level and like Klopp, has won all the top prizes elite club football has to offer. He has been at a big a club and knows how to handle the PRESSURE. He is still relatively young and is round about Klopp’s age. He is German (lol). Flick has also been around the block long enough, to not only experience the highs of management, but just recently experienced very bad lows with Germany, so he knows what it’s like to be in adverse situations which…