Could Brendan Rodgers Actually Replace His Successor At Liverpool?

Ok you might think I’m being very premature discussing Jurgen Klopp’s departure.

The German coach won The Reds the Champions League in May and his side are currently leading the Premier League by a full eight points!

Right, so obviously, Liverpool won’t sack Klopp but that doesn’t mean his future is cemented in stone.

Actually success in the league could possibly hasten Jurgen’s departure.

Klopp’s current deal ends in 2022 and he hasn’t been quick to sign a new one. You can’t imagine Liverpool’s board haven’t tried to tie their manager down for longer.

In August, Klopp discussed the idea of taking a sabbatical when his deal runs out:

‘It looks like it. Who can now say if he can give it his all in three years’ time?’

‘If I decide for myself that I can’t go on anymore, I’ll take a break and in that year I’d have to make a definite decision [if he wants to continue at all]. ‘I have absolute energy, but I have one problem: I can’t do ‘a little bit.’ I can only do ‘all or nothing.’

Via The Metro

That sounds like Klopp has given Liverpool everything since his arrival in 2015 and it has taken a lot out of him. Hence why he seems to have an exit strategy planned out.

That could possibly happen next summer if he succeeds in the main objective of securing the Anfield side their first ever Premier League title!

It could work out pretty nicely if the German national team managerial position also becomes vacant next year.

World Cup winning coach Joachim Löw has had a tough time of it recently and he might step aside after next summer’s Euros, after being in the job for a whopping fourteen years!

Now I know I’ve just mentioned that Klopp is looking at having some time off once his stint at Liverpool ends but he could get more free time if he were to manage his country.

The fifty-two year old’s agent recently said:

“Jurgen himself once said that in the event that Joachim Low someday no longer wants to be the national coach – and it would be possible for him do that – this is an option for him,”

Via Four Four Two

That could see a perfect storm arriving for Jurgen in 2020, where he could give the Reds faithful the trophy they desperately crave and then get the job that he seems to covet, which will give him a break from the hectic life of being a club manager.

Klopp has already hinted that there could be succession plan in place that will see club legend Steven Gerrard returning to Anfield and being the man to replace the German.

Gerrard is currently the Rangers boss. The Gers have been impressive in Europe under the former Reds captain and today they managed to leapfrog Celtic into first place in the Scottish Premiership.

But say Klopp indeed does leave next summer and by that time Gerrard still hasn’t won silverware in Scotland, would the Liverpool hierarchy go all out for a pretty inexperienced manager that has still to taste that winning feeling?

There could be another option and one that’s quite familiar to the Anfield crowd and The Reds board.

They could possibly look at bringing back Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers was the man that Klopp replaced in 2015. He almost took Liverpool to the top flight championship in 2014. They were just two points away from the title that year!

Brendan brought with him a high intensity style of play and his team’s attacking mentality wowed a lot of the home faithful. He was very much the nearly man and he laid a few foundations that have really helped Klopp since.

Rodgers had very little in the way of winning experience before taking the hotseat at Anfield and that seemed to count against him at the most important of times.

Since leaving Liverpool, Rodgers went to Scotland and won a unique double treble with Celtic and in his first season his side went undefeated domestically for a full season!

He left Parkhead earlier this year and took over at Leicester City in February.

Brendan has once again brought that high intensity and attractive style to the Premier League. The Foxes have a young and hungry squad and they are all playing for their manager.

Yesterday, they were the closest team to finally pick up a point against Liverpool this term in the league. Only a debatable penalty in the last minute of injury time gave Liverpool all three points (BBC Match Report).

Leicester have beaten Tottenham Hotspur this season, They’ve been very strong at the back and are occupying a place in the Champions League places at the moment. They have got to a new level with Rodgers at the helm.

If the Northern Irish manager can keep his team in the top six places come the end of the season and Jurgen Klopp does indeed leave, then surely Rodgers would once again be in the running for a Merseyside return,

He’s a more rounded manager now than when he left Anfield in 2015 and he might feel he still has unfinished business as a Reds gaffer. Plus he’s still renting out his house to current boss Klopp!

3 Responses to “Could Brendan Rodgers Actually Replace His Successor At Liverpool?”

  1. Brendan’s true character came up in his post match press conference. Really struggles with facts.

    But on football, clueless beyond plan A. Self serving press conferences. Lack of honesty in assessment, glad don’t have to hear his nonsense every week.

  2. Go Brendan but I’ll bet your Irish relationships with GLASGOW CELTIC are long gone cause we are CELTIC through and through

  3. N Hackett – That’s a great point, his pressers are always a bit cringe.

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