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Liverpool boss Klopp tipped to be replaced by one of two out-of-form contenders ahead of Man City clash

Football365 logo Football365 15/10/2022 Seb Sternik
Jurgen Klopp before a match © PA Images Jurgen Klopp before a match

The talk surrounding a managerial change at Anfield has been gathering pace as Liverpool’s inconsistent season continues.

The Reds are winless in three Premier League games and enter the weekend sitting in 11th. Manager Jurgen Klopp has since ruled his side out of title contention, saying in his press conference: “We’re not in the race.”

Klopp’s men take on a red-hot Manchester City side this weekend as they look to back up their 7-1 Champions League thrashing of Rangers.

While the German remains far from the exit door, that hasn’t stopped many from discussing his possible replacement.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, for instance, has tipped two possible contenders for the job.

He told Fair Betting Sites: “I think Steven Gerrard or Xabi Alonso could manage Liverpool, absolutely, yeah. I don’t think either of them have probably done just enough yet to warrant that.

“I don’t think there’s a Liverpool fan on the planet, irrelevant of the start of the season, that would be even thinking about a possible change with Klopp. I don’t see that at all.

“I think it’s a big couple of seasons for Stevie at Villa to show his credentials, implement his style. It’s been a little bit up and down for him at Villa. He’d probably be the first to say that, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Gerrard is currently facing his own battle at Aston Villa, with the team sitting 16th in the league. Despite going unbeaten in four successive games, the Villans are just three points above the relegation zone.

Having won just two of his opening nine games this season, Gerrard is under growing pressure. The former Rangers boss is one of the favourites to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.

The 42-year-old has won just 13 of 38 competitive games since arriving at Villa Park last November.

On Alonso, Murphy added: “I think Alonso’s more in the infancy of his managerial career. So, you know, that’s a hard one to anticipate.

“I know he had a good first win, but in terms of their stature amongst Liverpool supporters and the legacy they’ve left, it would be silly not to think that one of them could be in the dugout at Anfield one day.”

Alonso took over the managerial hot seat at Bayer Leverkusen last Wednesday. The Spaniard kicked off his tenure with a 4-0 thrashing of a desperately out-of-form Schalke side.

However, Alonso was hit with the reality of Leverkusen’s situation following a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to FC Porto.

Before moving to the Bundesliga, the 40-year-old managed Real Sociedad B but left following relegation.

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