Replacing Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool seems much like an impossible task. But it’s an impossible task that must also be done. The Reds simply have no other option.
After Klopp announced his intention to leave the club – this has now become Liverpool’s number one priority. Above anything else.
But even just thinking about potential targets is really difficult. Nobody really comes to mind who could even compare to Klopp. Xabi Alonso is the favourite right now, but his experience in senior management has been brief.
Regardless of how impressive his track record has been, the lack of experience will make him a risky appointment.
Even if he has really close affiliations with Liverpool, and he will be given patience – in an ideal world you’d want to bring in someone more experienced. Which is why there is another ideal target the club should look to bring in.
58-year-old Ange Postecoglou has a little bit more experience than Alonso. He’s been working in senior professional football for several decades, and has won titles everywhere he has gone.
He started his career at South Melbourne In Australia back in 1996, where he ended a seven year trophy drought at the club. He won four titles in total in just four years.
After that, Postecoglou worked as the manager of the U17 and U20 Australian youth national teams. He then joined Brisbane Roar, where he won three titles and set a record of 36 games unbeaten which still stands today.
Later, Postecoglou managed the Australian national team and won the country’s first ever AFC Asian Cup in 2015.
He then moved to Japan and helped Yokohama F. Marinos to win their first J-League title in 15 years.
At Celtic, Postecoglou won five titles, including taking back the league title from Rangers. He was again extremely successful before moving into Tottenham, where he won the Manager of the Month award in the Premier League three time in a row – becoming the first to do so.
Postecoglou’s track record is impressive. Even more so is his affiliation for Liverpool.
Growing up he was a Liverpool supporter, and back in 2013 when he was about to face the club in a friendly, he revealed one of the reasons why he became a manager was because of Liverpool.
“I grew up supporting Liverpool as well and I guess the reason I’m a manager today is because of the football club. I grew up with the stories of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and the boot room, Ronnie Moran, Joe Fagan, Roy Evans, all those guys,” Postecoglou told FTBL.
All of those factors make Postecoglou one of the best possible candidates to succeed Jurgen Klopp.