Klopp set to leave Liverpool by the end of season
Roberto De Zerbi, the current head manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, is a strong contender to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool in the upcoming campaign.
Since taking over in October 2015, Klopp has guided the Reds to six major titles. He claimed to have told the club’s management of his intention to quit back in November.
Former manager De Zerbi of Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk, who served two bans the previous season and acknowledged in November that he dislikes “80 per cent of English referees,” would undoubtedly equal Klopp’s fervour on the sidelines. On the pitch, De Zerbi led Brighton to its first-ever European tournament appearance as they defeated Group B to go to the round of 16.
“No. There is no new news about my contract but my focus is just on the last part of the year,” said De Zerbi to the press ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round trip to Sheffield United.
“We are going to compete in a historic part of the season. We want the same target of last season [sixth in the Premier League] and we want the Europa League and the FA Cup. My eye is on that.”
De Zerbi’s present contract expires in June 2026, and although he announced last month that he was in talks to sign a new one, there has been no update on those talks.
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Steven Gerrard, Roberto De Zerbi, and Xabi Alonso are among the names that will be mentioned as potential successors. However, Alonso, the head coach of Bayer Leverkusen, is the clear choice because of his close relationship with Liverpool from his playing days and his stellar management debut.
With Klopp having served as an influential presence because he took over at Anfield back in 2015, gaining the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League during a remarkable ten years of achievement for the club, whoever takes over will have the unenviable job of attempting to maintain the Reds in their quest for major highest honours.
Without a doubt the best option available, both in terms of quality and romance. The Basque scored two goals from the bench, added class and strength to Liverpool’s midfield, and became the driving force behind Rafael Benitez’s team that won the Champions League in 2005, all of which contributed to the club’s renaissance in the mid-2000s.
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