Next Liverpool Manager Odds: Who Will Replace Jurgen Klopp At Anfield?

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Jurgen Klopp delivered the bombshell that he will leave Anfield at the end of the season and betting sites are offering a market on who will replace him as Liverpool manager.

In a video published on the club’s social media accounts, Klopp revealed that he will step down as Liverpool boss at the conclusion of the 2023/24 season.

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The manager explained that he communicated his decision with the owners in November and now felt the time was right to inform the fans.

“It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again,” he said. 

“After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth.” 

Who will Liverpool turn to next? Let’s take a look at the runners and riders.

Next Liverpool Manager Odds

Xabi Alonso8/11Bet365
Ruben Amorim4/1Ladbrokes
Roberto De Zerbi10/1BetVictor
Pep Lijnders12/1BetVictor
Julian Nagelsmann14/1BetVictor
Thomas Tuchel18/1Bet365
Zinedine Zidane28/1Bet365
Unai Emery28/1Ladbrokes
Steven Gerrard33/1Bet365
Xavi Hernandez33/1Ladbrokes

Alonso And De Zerbi The Early Frontrunners

Xabi Alonso remains the favourite with football betting sites at 8/11 - and it is not hard to work out why. 

The Spaniard is doing a sensational job at Bayer Leverkusen, who have not lost any of their 26 games in the Bundesliga this season and currently sit 10 points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the table.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Babb told exclusively: "Clearly, the party line is Xabi Alonso. I think reading between the lines Bayern Munich are going to make a move for him first.

"He looks tactically, very good, in a Bundesliga where Bayern Munich aren’t firing on all cylinders this year. So I would like to see him there (at Anfield) – but I think next season might be a season too early.

Alonso made 143 league appearances for Liverpool and would no doubt relish the chance to return to Anfield one day. 

One market mover in recent times has been Ruben Amorim, who now available at 4/1 on betting apps from an old price of 11/1.

The Sporting CP boss is young and bright, but replacing Klopp could be too big a challenge at this stage of his career.

Nevertheless, bookmakers believe the 39-year-old could be on the radar of the higher powers at Liverpool and he could be a long-term replacement.

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De Zerbi And Lijnders Offer Youthful Options

Roberto De Zerbi has the Premier League coaching experience that Alonso lacks. 

He is next in line at 10/1, but his Brighton & Hove Albion team will need to maintain a top-half finish to the season if he is to be seriously considered.

The Reds have never been led by an Italian head coach before, but there are plenty of sides in contention for De Zerbi's signature.

Pep Lijnders, the continuity candidate, is listed slightly longer at 12/1.

Klopp’s long-time assistant knows his methods inside out, but number two's do not always make the best number ones.

Nagelsmann And Tuchel Could Be Contenders

Julian Nagelsmann is at the helm of Germany for the time being, but it's notable that he only agreed to a contract that will expire after this summer’s European Championship. 

Things did not necessarily work out at Bayern Munich, but Nagelsmann is still a well-regarded coach.

The 36-year-old’s favoured style of play has similarities with that of Klopp, who has praised Nagelsmann in the past. A price of 14/1 looks like decent value. 

Thomas Tuchel (18/1) has emerged as a potential replacement for his compatriot after Bayern Munich revealed that he will depart the German outfit at the end of the 2023/24 season.

The 50-year-old has previous experience of managing in the Premier League with Chelsea, and won the Champions League with the Blues back in 2021.

Available as a free agent, Tuchel may be worth keeping tabs on as the season draws to a close.

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Zidane And Emery Among Dark Horses As Things Stand

Zinedine Zidane has emerged as a possible contender, with the Frenchman available at 28/1 with Bet365

The former France international won two La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues across two spells as Real Madrid boss, but he is untested outside of Madrid. 

He has also been out of the dugout for more than two years, which suggests he is more than happy to bide his time before returning to management.

When chatting to Babb about who may potentially take over, he said: "I think the main message is whoever comes in isn’t going to be Jurgen - so he needs a bit of a time. 

"Is he going to rebuild? Is he a short-term solution? Is it a five, six, seven-year project like Jurgen had? So it’s a very difficult decision, and massive shoes to fill."

Another high-flying manager in the Premier League, Unai Emery, is linked with the Anfield vacancy.

The Spaniard is doing a remarkable job both domestically and in Europe with Aston Villa, and he is also a 25/1 shot to up sticks and join the Reds in the summer.

Gerrard And Xavi Unlikely To Be Seriously Considered

At one point it seemed like Steven Gerrard was destined to succeed Klopp as Liverpool boss. 

A club legend and one of its greatest ever players, the former Reds captain is always welcome back at Anfield, however, his last two managerial jobs have been questionable to say the least. 

Gerrard struggled at Aston Villa and he is now in charge of Al-Ettifaq, who sit eighth in the Saudi Pro League at the time of writing. That will count against Gerrard, who is available at 33/1.

As for the latter, it came as a shock when Xavi announced he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

The former Spain midfielder said: "As a Culé, I think that it's time to leave. I spoke with the board and the club today. I will leave on the 30th of June”.

In a bizarre set of circumstances, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Klopp and Xavi (33/1) swap dugouts for the start of the 2024/25 season.

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