Liverpool is not known for being a sacking club – only nine individuals have managed the Reds since Bill Shankly retired in 1974 – but its ownership structure has changed in recent years and the demands for immediate success are greater than ever before because of the huge sums of money involved.
With Liverpool in 12th place on the English Premier League ladder after its third consecutive loss in the competition, pressure is mounting on Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. According to critics of Rodgers, he was the wrong man for the job in the first place with their arguments including that he had little top-level experience and the Swansea side that he steered to 11th position in the division was not of his making but that of now Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
One does not want to bet on the longevity of Rodgers at Liverpool but one is interested in betting on the identity of his successor because the odds of reward are greater and one thinks that there is a stand-out contender currently.
Tabloid newspaper headline writers are itching to splash Klopp for the Kop across their pages and one thinks that they may get their chance soon. Klopp managed the team for which he made more than 300 appearances as a player, Mainz, from 2001 to 2008 before Dortmund approached him to succeed Thomas Doll. Klopp had led Mainz into the German Bundesliga for the first time and, also, the 05ers qualified for what was known as the UEFA Cup under his stewardship. Dortmund liked what it had seen of Klopp at Mainz even though the 05ers ended up losing their top-flight status in 2007.
Klopp has won two German Bundesliga titles, two German DFL Supercup crowns and one German DFB Pokal championship in his six and a bit seasons as Dortmund boss and, of course, BVB reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2013. Klopp’s track record is the kind of one that Liverpool officials will demand of whomever they choose to replace Rodgers, whether that happens this month, this year or later.
One feels as though Klopp’s Dortmund adventure has run its course. Bayern Munchen keeps pilfering Dortmund’s star men – Mario Gotze in 2013, Robert Lewandowski in 2014 and, in all likelihood, Marco Reus in 2015 – making it almost impossible for BVB to keep their rival honest at the top of the German Bundesliga ladder. Klopp has a contract with Dortmund until 2018 but one cannot see BVB playing hard ball if he made it clear that he wanted to try his luck at another club.
Klopp is on the record as saying that England is the only country other than Germany in which he is interested in working because he likes the English Premier League and he speaks reasonable English. Klopp has said that he is open to offers, which is remarkable when one considers that he has more than three years remaining on his Dortmund deal. That tells one that Klopp is in the market for a new challenge.
Most bookmakers have installed Rafa Benitez as the favourite to succeed Rodgers as Liverpool manager in due course. Is Liverpool going to go back to the future again after Kenny Dalglish’s second spell in charge was poor, at least with regards to the bread and butter of the English Premier League? Surely Benitez, however much he loves Liverpool, does not merit favouritism in the exotic betting market.
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