Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Fenway Sports Group must replace Brendan Rodgers with Carlo Ancelotti, rather than Jurgen Klopp.
Murphy, who spent seven years at Liverpool, feels Ancelotti would be the much safer option out of the two front-runners to succeed the sacked Rodgers.
Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund head coach, is currently the red-hot favourite to take the manager’s job at Anfield - but Murphy believes appointing the highly-rated German coach would be a gamble, compared to the safer appointment of Ancelotti.
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"Reading the CV's and what they have done and where they have done it and how many times they have done it, it is a no-brainer really," Murphy said on talkSPORT this morning.
“You can't guarantee success with either guy...There is no guarantee that any manager will walk through the door at Anfield, turn it around and make it successful. But what you can do is take the element of risk out of it by looking at a manager that has been there and done it.”
The former England midfielder added: "Ancelotti has done it as a player, he has done it as a coach, and he has done it in different countries. And, ultimately, he has done it here already with Chelsea. That in itself gives him a head start on Klopp.
“He is not as erratic, he is much calmer, he has dealt with big players for years. Klopp has only had success with one club and for a minimal time. If you look at how it ended at Dortmund, they were in the relegation zone and he couldn't get a tune out of his players."
Klopp is a gamble worth taking for Liverpool
It’s hard to argue with Murphy. Ancelotti does boast the more impressive CV; however, if Liverpool want a younger manager with fresh ideas then Klopp is ideal.
While the German coach may not have enjoyed the perfect end to his seven-year spell at Signal Iduna Park, his achievements with BVB cannot be understated.
Leading Dortmund to back-to-back league titles, and the 2013 Champions League final, is evidence that Klopp is a world-class manager - capable of performing miracles with a relatively modest budget.
Ancelotti might be the safer option, but Klopp would be the more exciting.
And it’s a gamble that could pay dividends for the Merseyside outfit.
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