Next Liverpool Manager Odds

It’s incredible that Liverpool were odds-on to win the 2020/21 Premier League title back in December considering that they’re now plummeting down the table. There have been an incredible six consecutive home defeats in the top flight and a 1-0 home reverse against Fulham has intensified speculation that Jurgen Klopp will be leaving his post as Reds manager sooner rather than later. There’s a familiar name heading the betting to replace him…

Next Liverpool Manager Odds

Next Permanent Liverpool Manager*

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Steven Gerrard to be the Next Permanent Liverpool Manager10/11Paddy Power
Xabi Alonso to be the Next Permanent Liverpool Manager7/2Paddy Power
Julian Nagelsmann to be the Next Permanent Liverpool Manager7/1Paddy Power
Diego Simeone to be the Next Permanent Liverpool Manager16/1Paddy Power
Pep Lijnders to be the Next Permanent Liverpool Manager20/1Paddy Power
Max Allegri to be the Next Permanent Liverpool Manager25/1Paddy Power

*Odds correct as of March 8, 2021


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Next Permanent Liverpool Manager

Liverpool’s recent slump has been nothing short of remarkable, with the Reds losing 1-0 at home to Fulham on Sunday 7 March which was the sixth consecutive Premier League reverse at Anfield, with Burnley, Brighton, Manchester City, Everton and Chelsea having also left with three points despite the fact that Jurgen Klopp’s side had won seven and drawn two of their opening nine home matches.

Klopp leaving the Merseyside club less than a season after steering the team to a first domestic title in thirty years would still come as a shock, although there has been money for the former Borussia Dortmund manager in the Sack Race Betting and this incredible slump in form is causing plenty of concern.

Indeed, it’s looking as though the only way that Liverpool will be playing Champions League football next season is by winning this season’s competition and perhaps Klopp will now focus the team’s efforts on securing the European Cup, with the Reds in the box seat to overcome Leipzig, although there is plenty of speculation that the German’s time at the Merseyside club is now nearing an end.

Mohamed Salah recently spat his dummy when being substituted against former club Chelsea, although there have been mitigating circumstances for the team’s form this season, not least the season-ending injuries suffered by Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, while Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson are also on the sidelines to compound matters.

If the prospect of Liverpool dismissing Klopp seems unlikely on the face of it, it is interesting to draw a parallel with the German’s time at Borussia Dortmund. Things started to go wrong for Klopp in his seventh season, and at the end of that campaign he bid farewell to Signal Iduna Park. Klopp is now into his sixth year as Liverpool boss, and the owners might conclude that he has taken them as far as he can.

Is Steven Gerrard still too inexperienced for the role?

Unsurprisingly, Steven Gerrard is the odds-on favourite to succeed Klopp at 10/11. It is not difficult to see why. Gerrard is one of the greatest players in the club’s history, and his decision to go into management was clearly with a view to one day taking charge of his boyhood club. Gerrard would be an extremely popular appointment given his status in the red half of Merseyside.

He is also doing a fine job at Rangers, who have won their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011 this season. Rangers are unbeaten in the league and are well clear of Celtic, who have struggled to keep pace with their arch-rivals all season. Equally impressive has been Gerrard’s work in the Europa League group stage, where Rangers topped their section ahead of Benfica, Standard Liege and Lech Poznan, before a last-32 victory against Antwerp which sets them up for a tie against Slavia Prague.

The one doubt surrounding Gerrard is his inexperience. He has only been a manager for two and a half years and has never occupied a Premier League dugout as a coach. This is particularly pertinent given what happened to Frank Lampard at Chelsea. Whether or not he deserved to be dismissed, the Chelsea job probably came too early for Lampard. Gerrard might look at the fate of his former England team-mate and conclude that he would be best served to bide his time and return to Anfield as a more experienced manager a few years down the line.

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Xabi Alonso is another ex-player cutting his teeth in management

Gerrard is not the only former Liverpool midfielder who has recently swapped the pitch for the touchline. Xabi Alonso, who racked up 210 appearances for the club before spells with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, has been at the helm of Real Sociedad’s B team since 2019. It is hard to see him getting the job ahead of Gerrard – he has even less experience than his former colleague – but Liverpool could turn to the Spaniard if the Rangers boss decides to stay put.

It would be a gamble to choose Alonso as Klopp’s successor, which is why it is a surprise to see him available at odds as short as 7/2. A magnificent player in his day, we simply do not know enough about Alonso the coach to judge how well equipped he would be to follow on from Klopp, a serial trophy winner at Dortmund and Liverpool. Real Sociedad B are doing well in their league this season, but the Segunda Division B to the Premier League would be an enormous leap.


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Might Liverpool seek more pedigree and go for Julian Nagelsmann?

If Klopp does depart sooner than expected, FSG might be tempted by a coach with more pedigree behind him. In many ways, Julian Nagelsmann offers the best of both worlds. He has been a manager since 2016 and taken charge of two different clubs in Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. Yet at 33 years of age, he is still young and hungry as he continues to burnish his reputation as one of the brightest minds in the European game.

Nagelsmann’s football is by no means identical to Klopp’s, but his appointment would offer a degree of stylistic continuity. Leipzig are an excellent pressing team, full of energy and dynamism when they attack and defend. Nagelsmann, available at 7/1 to be Liverpool’s next permanent manager, has proven himself as a brilliant tactician, and he has the track record to quell concerns that his age might be an obstacle to winning the respect of the players in the Anfield dressing room.

Nagelsmann has been seen as a Bayern Munich manager-in-waiting over the last few years, but Hansi Flick’s work last season means there is unlikely to be a vacancy at the Allianz Arena any time soon. Nagelsmann may therefore have to set his sights wider, and the chance to manage a historic, world-famous club like Liverpool would no doubt be appealing.

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Could Diego Simeone be tempted by a new challenge?

One of the few managers of an elite club who has been in the position longer than Klopp at Liverpool, Diego Simeone is among an equally small number of visiting coaches to have won at Anfield in the last couple of years. The Argentine, who has moulded Atletico Madrid in his image since being handed the reins in 2011, is widely considered one of the best managers in world football.

Atletico are on course to win the La Liga title this term. Should they beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to that prize, Simeone might decide that it would be the perfect way for him to depart and seek a new challenge. If Liverpool were to get word that Simeone – who is listed at 16/1 – would be open to joining the club in the summer, they could appoint a caretaker on a temporary basis until then if Klopp does leave before the end of the campaign.

There are two obstacles that would need to be negotiated, though. First, Simeone is the best-paid manager in the world, pocketing close to £40m in the Spanish capital. Klopp earns around £21.3m, so Liverpool would probably have to raise funds from elsewhere to meet Simeone’s wage demands.

Second, the Argentine favours a reactive style of play that is very different to the model Klopp has installed at Anfield. Despite his undeniable ability, Simeone is not a natural fit.


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A revival of the Boot Room tradition could benefit Pep Lijnders

Beginning in the 1960s, Liverpool’s coaching staff used to hold informal meetings in the Anfield Boot Room to discuss tactics and strategy. Bill Shankly was the manager back then, and Bob Paisley, Reuben Bennett, Tom Saunders, Joe Fagan and Ronnie Moran were all founding members of the group. Paisley and Fagan went on to manage the first team, as did Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness – two key players who knew the club inside out – and Roy Evans.

A return to that approach could benefit Pep Lijnders, Liverpool’s current assistant manager. Klopp has done a superb job at Anfield and FSG will not want to tear up everything he has put in place since 2015.

Lijnders, available at 20/1, would be a continuity candidate who could lead Liverpool along the same path that Klopp has set them on. The big question, however, is whether he is cut out for life as a No.1: his only managerial job ended with his dismissal after a few months at NEC Nijmegen.

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Italian duo Max Allegri and Antonio Conte are interesting outsiders

Max Allegri has still not returned to management despite his reputation as one of the world’s leading coaches. The former Juventus boss has been out of work since leaving the Turin giants in 2019, but he would no doubt jump at the chance to lead Liverpool. Allegri is a calmer, quieter figure than Klopp, but his tactical acumen cannot be questioned.

Antonio Conte is a very different character to Allegri, the man who replaced him at Juventus. The former Chelsea manager is currently targeting Serie A glory with Inter, but his fiery personality means he does not tend to stick around in one place for too long.

Conte has clashed with the Inter hierarchy on numerous occasions and may well have burnt his bridges come the summer. He would be an intriguing choice as Klopp’s successor, and while he might not necessarily match the German’s lengthy tenure, he would almost certainly bring success in the short-term. His previous with Chelsea might hurt his chances, although Conte is not associated with the west London club to the same degree as figures such as Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard. At 25/1, he or Allegri could be worth a punt.