5 Klopp replacements as Liverpool boss now ‘second favourite to be sacked’
Jurgen Klopp came into the season as the favourite to guide his Liverpool team to Premier League glory.
And now the German is facing the real danger of being sacked, according to some bookies.
Liverpool were beaten by relegation-threatened Fulham on Sunday, with Mario Lemina scoring the only goal of the game against a Reds team devoid of confidence and ideas.
A number of damning stats have emerged in recent weeks to illustrate Liverpool's plight.
But perhaps the one that sums up just how dire the situation has become is the fact that the Reds have the worst home record of any team in the football league in 2021.
According to Ladbrokes, Klopp is now the second-favourite manager to be sacked, behind only Steve Bruce.
The defeat by Fulham has seen the German move ahead of Roy Hodgson, who is out of contract at Crystal Palace at the end of the season, and Chris Wilder, whose Sheffield United side are all but relegated.
Klopp currently still has the backing of the Liverpool owners and, despite the market, is relatively safe.
But if the seemingly unthinkable was to happen then who would replace the German? Here are five likely candidates.
The obvious and perhaps most likely Klopp replacement is former Liverpool captain Gerrard.
Gerrard's managerial career started at Liverpool when he was appointed youth coach in 2017.
He impressed Klopp with his strong work ethic and was put in charge of the Under-18s side before stepping up to manage the Under-19s for the 2017/18 UEFA Youth League.
Gerrard was then approached by Scottish giants Rangers, and after signing a four-year deal with the Glasgow club, set about returning them to their former glory.
He got off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Shkupi in the Europa League. And recently Gerrard led Rangers to their first league title in ten years.
Nagelsmann was only 28 when he burst onto the scene at Hoffenheim in 2016, becoming the youngest coach to ever manage in the Bundesliga.
The German inherited something of a sinking ship from Huub Stevens, with Hoffenheim destined for the drop.
But Nagelsmann guided his side to victory in seven of their remaining 14 fixtures to avoid relegation.
Nagelsmann built upon this success and secured a fourth-place finish in the very next season, ensuring Hoffenheim qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Nagelsmann took over at RB Leipzig in 2019, where he continues to shine.
At 32 he recently became the youngest coach ever to win a Champions League knockout tie when Leipzig dispatched Tottenham.
Borussia Monchengladbach boss Rose knows Klopp well and actually played under him as a defender when the Liverpool manager was in charge at Mainz.
Rose went on to coach the youth team at Mainz, just like Klopp, before joining Lokomotive Leipzig and eventually heading to Salzburg as an Under-16s coach.
After progressing to become an Under-18s coach, Rose was finally given the top job ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, and ensured in his two-year tenure that Salzburg were never beaten at home.
In 2019 Rose moved to Monchengladbach and is set to take over at Klopp's old side Dortmund next season.
Lijnders has been at Anfield since 2014 and has worked under both Brendan Rodgers and Klopp.
Initially, the Dutchman was on Klopp's coaching staff but following Zeljko Buvac's dramatic and sudden exit, Lijnders was promoted to become the German's second in command.
Lijnders had a brief spell managing Dutch side NEC in 2018 and his style is similar to Klopp's in that he is all about high-intensity attacking football.
Lijnders said of his philosophy in an interview with daswunderkind in 2015: "Our style is to attack, with and without the ball.
"We realise that the game is played with one ball, our ball, and we steal it back wherever on the pitch and we use it to attack the opponent. It doesn't matter who we play against, we will press them high and aggressively and we will attack and attack them again."
Perhaps the least likely candidate given Liverpool's preference for targeting progressive young managers rather than experienced heads.
But the stability the former Juventus boss could bring may appeal to the Reds board, especially given the current turmoil at Anfield.
Allegri has been out of work since leaving Juventus in 2019 and appears to be waiting for the right job to come along before returning to the game.
Allegri is a talented boss with six Serie A titles to his name.
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