German boss in line to replace struggling Liverpool chief

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has emerged as the lead candidate to replace under-fire Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

Despite leading the Reds back into the Champions League for the first time since 2009 and mounting their first major title assault for some time last season, the Northern Irishman’s disastrous start to the current campaign has led to talk that Anfield chiefs are considering his future.

Liverpool are already 18 points adrift of leaders Chelsea, and defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon may deal a potentially fatal blow to their top four hopes.

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Furthermore, one win from six Champions League games this term – which secured elimination – has angered Fenway Sports Group – who believe that a relatively kind pool, including Basel and Ludogorets, was not exploited.

Although Rodgers’ head is not yet on the block, Klopp is being talked about as the ex-Swansea man’s successor.

The German gaffer’s Dortmund team are currently languishing towards the bottom of the Bundesliga, yet in recent seasons they have finished ahead of the all-conquering Bayern Munich on a fraction of the Bavarians’ budget.

Klopp’s brand of fast-paced, transition football also appeals to Liverpool’s owners, who believe he could get the best out of young players such as Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.

 


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