There is no manager as divisive amongst fans as Brendan Rodgers. While some demand his removal others staunchly defend the man who brought Liverpool so agonisingly close to Premier League glory.
Those calling for a fresh face in the Liverpool dugout will be wondering who could realistically replace Brendan, and what they could do to bring glory back to Anfield?
According to betting advice websites Dortmund icon Jurgen Klopp is the favourite to replace Rodgers. Despite a difficult last season in the Bundesliga the eccentric German brought two league titles, a DFB Pokal and a German supercup to the club. He also steered them to the Champions League final for the first time in 16 seasons.
Known for his special brand of “heavy metal” football, with high pressing and high intensity Liverpool would certainly benefit from a clearly defined style. Fans remain undecided whether Brendan’s fluctuating tactical approach is a result of the infamous “transition period”, or a sign of a man who is simply lacking the answers.
Despite publically stating he would be taking a year-long sabbatical from football Klopp’s admiration for Liverpool is well known, and he has frequently praised the atmosphere within Anfield. There were reports that Liverpool made two approaches over the summer, but were rebuffed by the German.
It remains to be seen if a newly manager-less Liverpool came knocking at this stage of the season, would Klopp be tempted?
Alongside Liverpool legend Bob Paisley, Carlo Ancelotti is the most successful European manager, having won the Champions League twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid. He has also steered Milan, Chelsea and PSG to domestic successes.
Known for his ability to handle star players and his kindly, relaxed and flexible managerial style Liverpool’s players would certainly benefit from his wealth of experience.
Like Klopp, Ancelotti has also stated his desire to take a year off, citing the need for corrective surgery for a spinal issue. While West Ham are also rumoured to be chasing Ancelotti, the appeal of Anfield and Liverpool’s history might be enough to tempt the Italian.
A surprise outsider is former Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre. After losing five games in a row Favre resigned as the coach of Borussia, but his tenure at the club had seen them rise from relegation candidates to European competitors in just a few seasons.
The Swiss coach garnered international acclaim with his exciting, possession based, attacking style of football and made BMG a popular club in and out of Germany. He is also renowned for his ability to coach and improve young players, and has been credited with the sensational rise of Ter Stegen, Kramer and Marco Reus.
Considering the wealth of exciting prospects in the Liverpool squad the arrival of such a manager would be great for the long term success of the club. Having witnessed the transformation Marco Reus had under Favre it would be great to see how Coutinho would fare with similar guidance.
The bookies are also tipping successful Ajax manager Frank de Boer as a potential candidate, along with the usual selection of bizarre outsiders, Steven Gerrard anyone?