There only seems to be two managers in the running to take over as Liverpool manager from the recently sacked Brendan Rodgers: Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti.
There are strong rumours that it will be the German, Klopp, who replaces the Northern Irishman, but Liverpool would be stupid to appoint him over Ancelotti.
The Italian has won league titles in Italy, France and England with Chelsea and has also claimed the Champions League an impressive three times. Ironically, he became only the second manager, after Bob Paisley, to win the competition three times as a manager when he lifted it with Real Madrid in 2014.
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He’s one of the best manager’s football has ever seen and it’s incredibly rare that a club has the opportunity to approach someone of Ancelotti’s calibre on a free. If Ancelotti is even remotely tempted by Liverpool, then it’s a no-brainer that the Anfield chiefs must do everything they can to make him their new manager.
He has experience from all over the world, including already being a success in England. Compare that to Klopp who has managed just two clubs, both of which were in Germany.
Ancelotti is, if anything, over qualified for the job. He’s managed some of the best players in the world and some of the biggest clubs in the world. He knows how to get results out of them.
Managing Liverpool will be a doddle for him compared to managing the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid. At Stamford Bridge he was sacked for finishing second, a season after winning the double. But that’s Chelsea for you. Hopefully he’ll be keen to return to England and get one over his former club.
After years of turbulence, Liverpool need stability and Ancelotti can provide them with that. He will steady the ship and get the club moving in the right direction again.
So why do people insist Klopp is the man for the Kop?
Well, it’s hard to look past the similarity between his former club, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool. What he did at Dortmund, lifting them from a sleeping giant to winning two league titles and reaching a Champions League final, was brilliant and he would be a hero if he could emulate that on Merseyside.
But it’s a risk. Klopp has only managed Mainz and Dortmund and struggled against relegation in his final season before eventually finishing 7th. He doesn't have anywhere near the experience that Ancelotti has and Liverpool, as a club, have much more expectation and pressure than Dortmund did when he first took control of them.
The German will bring passion, entertainment and belief to Anfield, but there is no guarantee that he can make it work.
It’s a good situation to be in for the Liverpool board because these are two great managers. But to turn down Ancelotti would be a huge mistake and Liverpool should only appoint Klopp if the Italian isn’t interested.