Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has reckoned Liverpool must get the right manager in place to succeed exiting Jurgen Klopp before even thinking about the appointment of new staffs.
Klopp will depart Anfield this summer after nine memorable years at the helm. The ever-popular German will depart with his backroom staff, and the Reds are also weighing up their need for a new sporting director.
Jorg Schmadtke currently holds that position, but he too is set for pastures new. As such, Liverpool, who currently sit top of the Premier League table and remain in the hunt for three separate cup competitions, are heading towards a crossroads.
Carragher, though, admits the main priority for FSG should be to identify their ideal successor for Klopp as it will help map out the best path for the club.
He told Sky Sports News: “For me, the manager is the most important person at a football club.
“I think in the modern game now you need alignment right through a club and if you bring a manager in and a director of football whose ideas on the game, the players they bring in and how a team should play are different, it’s not going to work.
“What you have to try and do is bring people together who have a similar sort of footballing idea.
“For me, the most important person at a football club is the manager, so the most important thing for Liverpool to do is to get the right manager involved and make sure they get the backroom staff for that manager – because the whole backroom team of Jurgen Klopp are moving on.”
Carragher then added: “They need to get that [Klopp’s replacement] right and, that being said, the scouting structure at Liverpool is still strong but the guy at the top who is the director of football, they haven’t got that and that person will have to have similar sort of ideas to the manager that they get.”