Why are Man United and Liverpool suddenly on the market?
Since the end of last season, the Reds have been linked with a number of managers, most notably at Anfield, and have even been linked with the job in Spain.
Liverpool have been the subject of such a wide range of rumours – and sometimes those are from Liverpool’s competitors – that one has to wonder how much truth there is in them.
If Liverpool’s next manager is a big name, like Brendan Rodgers, or a relative unknown, like the Spaniard Julen Lopetegui, then maybe this is a chance to get some sort of deal done. If not, then maybe the rumours aren’t any more than a lot of people having a bit of fun.
Who will be Liverpool’s next manager?
There are currently two candidates for the Liverpool job, with the Spaniard Julen Lopetegui the favourite to take over from Brendan Rodgers. Lopetegui has been out of work since his move from Sevilla in March 2012, and has taken a number of jobs – most recently a position at Club Balompié in Spain – in a bid to win his move to Anfield.
Another Liverpool managerial figure under consideration is former Liverpool player and current director of football, Damien Comolli. The French coach has had his name linked with the Liverpool job on numerous occasions – though this time it is for the right role.
As for the current Anfield manager, it seems very likely that he will remain at the club. Despite having spent most of the season either managing or coaching the Under-23s, Rodgers has managed, on a number of occasions, to get Liverpool into the Champions League. The job has appeared to be one he’d rather not give up, particularly having seen a few of his key players leave (e.g. Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Agger) in the process of doing so.
While it’s possible that Liverpool have got their man, it seems more likely that Rodgers’ days at Anfield are not over yet. And one thing at least can be said about Rodgers that we’ve heard far too many opinions on him: he’s been a breath of fresh air