Jurgen Klopp would be the perfect replacement for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, according to former Reds and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann. Klopp is currently on a sabbatical after leaving Borussia Dortmund and despite being tipped to take over at Bayern Munich, he has been touted for a move to Anfield.
Liverpool's listless defeat to Manchester United has raised concerns over Rodgers's future at Anfield following on from last season's failure to qualify for the Champions League. Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling have also left the club in the past two summer transfer windows, while the success of Rodgers's own recruits has been heavily scrutinised.
Klopp has been coy over his return to management since leaving Dortmund at the end of last season following seven years in charge of the Westfalenstadion club, though honorary Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer says he would be an ideal candidate to replace Pep Guardiola. Hamann has advised Liverpool to steal a march on Bayern by recruiting the German as the successor for Rodgers.
"This discussion has already been going on for a long time and in Liverpool, the pressure has increased again," he told Sky90, according to The Independent. "The question is whether Jurgen Klopp would join Liverpool during the season. Had they asked him before the season, I would have been 99% certain that he goes there. Many people say he will appear in Munich on 1 July, but I don't know where he would fit in. I think at Liverpool he would fit perfectly."
The pressure swelled on Rodgers's position since the defeat at Old Trafford, with Klopp installed as the favourite with bookmakers to become the next manager at Liverpool, ahead of Frank de Boer and Carlo Ancelotti. However, former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp believes the Anfield boss should be given a chance to turn things around after a string of high-profile exits.
"He has had an almost impossible job there," Redknapp told Talksport. "Two years ago he had Suarez, Sterling, Sturridge – what a forward line those three were – and Gerrard was still playing. Suddenly, he has lost those key players and it is very difficult to replace them.
"Brendan is relying on recruitment people at the football club. It is not a one-man band anymore. It is not managers jetting all over the world signing these players. You have got a scouting system, an analyst. They are bringing players to your attention and you are relying on them an awful lot.
"But how do you replace Luis Suarez? He was the best player in the Premier League that year by a mile. He didn't want to lose Sterling. You are not going to find players as good as he lost. I still think Brendan is an outstanding young manager and he will get it right. He needs a bit of time, a result or two, and I am sure they will be fine."