Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has seen his odds for the Liverpool job cut to 9/2 following his side's German Cup progress. In Klopp's last Klassiker, Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 on penalties to progress to the final.
The 47-year-old emulated Jose Mourinho's FC Porto celebration by running down the touchline to congratulate his players after the winning penalty, much to the annoyance of Pep Guardiola.
Even though the German is still young in the managerial world, he has already won two German league titles, one German Cup and has finished runner-up in the Champions League.
Klopp is well-known for his shrewd signings having signed Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels for very small transfer fees. An attribute that Liverpool will greatly receive having wasted millions in the search for their first Premier League title.
A representative from Ladbrokes commented: "Klopp is back on punters' radars as a replacement for Rodgers following Dortmund's advance to the cup final. The betting [also] suggests the door is wide open for [Rafa] Benitez to return should the German snub Merseyside."
Former Liverpool boss Benitez is second favourite to return to Anfield at odds of 5/1. The spaniard's impressive Europa League form with Napoli sees the Italian club face Dnipro in the semi-final of the competition next week.
The Reds' supporters will have fond memories of Benitez as the 55-year-old guided Liverpool to their fifth European Cup victory, as well as an FA Cup win in 2006. The Spaniard left the club in 2010 by mutual consent largely due to the fact the Reds finished outside the Champions League.
Other candidates include: Frank De Boer 7/1, Jamie Carragher 14/1, Steven Gerrard 14/1, Pepe Guardiola 25/1, David Moyes 40/1 and Roy Keane 40/1.
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