There are plenty of names being linked with taking over from Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, and the Reds have already been told what needs to happen for one potential option.
Liverpool fans won’t be used to the situation they currently find themselves in. Nor would they have expected to be in this position just a couple of days ago.
With Jürgen Klopp set to step aside as manager at the end of the season, the guessing game has begun. Who will be in charge of the Reds next season? It’s a question supporters haven’t had to ask for a long time.
There are some names that have emerged as early favorites. Xabi Alonso leads the way for many, while the likes of Roberto De Zerbi, Julian Nagelsmann and Ange Postecoglou have been tentatively touted.
At this point, of course, it’s nothing more than conjecture. A cursory glance at the names put together by the bookmakers holds those four names in a prominent position, although a bit further down the list is a man who should perhaps find himself a little higher.
Rúben Amorim is very much considered an outsider for the job at this stage, but he perhaps offers just as much, if not more, than some of the names ahead of him.
Since taking over at Sporting CP in 2020, Amorim has guided the Lisbon side to a Primeira Liga title as well as two Taca da Liga trophies, and they lead both Benfica and Porto again this season.
And according to Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha, the 39-year-old is in ‘Liverpool’s sights’ as the search gets underway for a successor to Klopp. There is one hurdle the Reds may have to overcome though.
The report claims Liverpool would have to pay £17mn to secure Amorim’s services due to a clause set for clubs in England, with his contract running until the summer of 2026. It is said though that the figure would be no major obstacle for the Reds.
It isn’t the first time Amorim has been linked with a move to the Premier League. The former Braga boss has previously been touted for both Manchester United and Chelsea, although he remained steadfast in his stance that he wanted to remain in Portugal.
“I have a contract with Sporting for another three years and, in my head, it’s imagining being champion at least once more during these three years,” he told reporters last year (via the Mirror).
But if Liverpool make a move, perhaps that could change his mind.