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Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are reportedly linked with the vacant managerial job at LiverpoolGetty

Former Liverpool duo Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp have backed Jurgen Klopp to replace Brendan Rodgers at Anfield ahead of Carlo Ancelotti. The Northern Irishman was shown the exit door after a string of poor performances by Liverpool in all competitions this season.

The Reds settled for a 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park on 4 October. The former Swansea boss was relieved from his duties with immediate effect just hours after the Merseyside derby.

Klopp stepped down from his post as Borussia Dortmund manager, while the former Chelsea manager was asked to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season. The German boss is the bookmakers' favourite to replace Rodgers at Liverpool. Carragher explains as to why the 48-year-old would be the right fit for his former club ahead of Carlo Ancelotti.

"If it was me, I would go for Klopp ahead of Ancelotti. I think he's got more to prove. Liverpool is not an easy job now. Ancelotti is a great manager, but he's gone to clubs where you're expected to win trophies," Carragher told Sky Sports.

"It's a difficult job now at Liverpool, getting back into the top four. Forget talking about the title. I think it needs someone with that energy and drive to get the club back to where it wants to be, and I think Jurgen Klopp is that man."

Redknapp echoed Carragher's comments and urged Liverpool hierarchy to appoint Klopp as Rodgers' successor. The former Reds midfielder said, "I think that Jurgen Klopp has that aura about him. He has that special something that some managers have."

"I think he could walk into Anfield and the fans would like that. I've got a feeling that he would be the perfect fit for them. The fact that he's available now makes me think they'll go for Klopp.

"Obviously he'll want to bring his own staff in. It's difficult because you do need someone who understands the club and knows the fabric of how the club works. But I would certainly look at Jurgen Klopp," he added.