‘A candidate’… Jim White believes 41-year-old could be next Liverpool manager after Jurgen Klopp

The news that no Liverpool fan wanted to hear has been announced this afternoon.

As per liverpoolfc.com, Jurgen Klopp will step down as Reds manager at the end of the current season. With a contract still to run for two more years, no one saw this coming.

As a result, Liverpool are now going to have to begin the impossible job of finding Klopp’s successor at Anfield.

There are a number of clear candidates, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso being the obvious front-runner.

But speaking on TalkSPORT in the wake of the news this morning, presenter Jim White put forward another possible name.

“One might think maybe Pep Lijnders,” suggested the presenter. “With his knowledge of Klopp and his close association with Klopp makes himself a candidate to take over from Klopp.”

Lijnders put forward as Klopp successor
Well this was not the news we were expecting on this Thursday morning. Just how do you digest this?

Klopp’s reasons for leaving appear to be a case of burnout more than anything. It’s a surprise after the manager looked so reenergised ahead of this season. But what can you do.

The one silver lining is of course that Jurgen has given Liverpool plenty of time to find his successor.

You could imagine that the boss himself may well be involved in the hiring of the man to fill his enormous shoes.

If that is the case, then you can see Klopp putting the case forward for Lijnders. He’s been by his side at Liverpool for years now and knows the club and the players inside out.

The Dutchman even holds press conferences for the Carabao Cup these days and is well versed in the demands of the job.

But you can’t help but feel that the position might be a little too big for Pep. Instead, many supporters’ choice would have to be Alonso. In fact, with the best of respect to Pep, the Spaniard has to be the choice.

In the meantime, the long goodbye for Jurgen is going to be so very emotional. Danke for everything boss, YNWA. Now, there’s a league title to win.


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