Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso is the favourite to be the next Liverpool manager following the news Jurgen Klopp will leave the club at the end of the season.
In an interview with the club’s website, Klopp revealed he will be stepping down from his duties as Liverpool manager following the conclusion of the current campaign, bringing down the curtain on nine trophy-laden years at Anfield.
bet365's Steve Freeth said: "The news that Jurgen Klopp will depart Anfield in the summer has shocked everyone with Reds fans left to reflect on their most successful era in a generation.
"Attentions now turn to who will take over, and there's a certain former Liverpool player going great guns at Bayer Leverkusen.
"Xabi Alonso is our strong favourite to take over from Jurgen Klopp, with Roberto De Zerbi second favourite.
"So far we've seen everybody being backed from Alonso to De Zerbi, with a bit of Steven Gerrard, Jose Mourinho and Ange Postecoglou in between."
Succeeding Brendan Rodgers in 2015, Klopp has won nearly every major trophy on offer during his stint with the Reds and restored the club among Europe’s elite.
Finishing runner-up in the Champions League in 2018, his side avenged their final heartbreak the following year to claim a sixth European Cup.
In 2020 he guided Liverpool to their first Premier League title and their first league trophy in 30 years, romping to success with a 99-point tally.
He completed a domestic double in 2022 as the Reds lifted the EFL Cup and FA Cup, adding to the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup that they had collected in 2019.
With Klopp to leave, who will replace him?
We look at the contenders in the Next Liverpool Manager market.
A fan favourite at Anfield, Xabi Alonso’s managerial stock has soared with a fruitful stint at Bayer Leverkusen.
Joining the Bundesliga outfit in October 2022, the Basque tactician is masterminding Leverkusen’s charge for a maiden top flight title, with his side unbeaten after 18 matches.
His counter-press, ball-retention system has reaped the rewards with Leverkusen and draws similarities with the style of Klopp’s Liverpool.
Alonso reportedly has a release clause in his contract, which is an advantage in any potential negotiations.
Roberto De Zerbi had big boots to fill when succeeding Graham Potter as manager of Brighton and the Italian has blown away expectations at the Amex Stadium.
Steering the Seagulls to a Europa League berth and the club’s highest-ever league finish last term, De Zerbi has earned a number of plaudits for his bold and aggressive tactics.
His side have continued to impress this term, reaching the knockout stages on their European debut and competing for another top-six finish.
Pepijn Lijnders has been Klopp’s right-hand man for a large chunk of his tenure and the Dutch coach has announced he will also leave the club at the end of the current season.
Previously hailed as Klopp’s successor from within, Liverpool have confirmed that Lijnders is keen to pursue his own career in management.
The 41-year-old had a brief spell in charge of NEC Nijmegen in 2018.
39-year-old Ruben Amorim has emerged as one of the most exciting young managers in Europe at Sporting, leading the Portuguese side to their first league title in 19 years in 2020/21.
Deploying an expansive brand of football in the Portuguese capital, Amorim is considered an innovative coach who has caught the radar of a host of top clubs around the continent.
Sporting are currently chasing down a second Liga Portugal crown in four seasons under the ex-Portugal international midfielder, which would be an impressive feat amidst intense competition with the likes of Porto and Benfica.
Appointed head coach of the German national team in October 2023, Julian Nagelsmann’s contract expires upon the conclusion of this summer’s European Championships.
Nagelsmann made a name for himself at TSG Hoffenheim, whom he guided from relegation trouble to Champions League football before joining RB Leipzig in 2019.
His success in Saxony led to the Bayern Munich job and despite a win rate of 71.4% at the Allianz Arena, he was sacked just 23 months into his five-year contract.
Given the ruthless nature of his Bayern dismissal, Nagelsmann will be desperate for another chance to prove himself at club level.
Appointed Tottenham's new manager in the summer of 2023, Ange Postecoglou has been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League.
Despite a plethora of injuries to key personnel, the Australian has managed to keep Spurs in top four contention through his fearless attacking style.
Postecoglou has the personality and tactics to be a hit on Merseyside. The lure of Liverpool can be difficult to resist for any manager but his loyalty is likely to tie him down to Tottenham.
Zinedine Zidane has been out of work since his decision to step down as manager of Real Madrid in 2021.
‘Zizou’ failed to win a trophy in his final campaign with Los Blancos but his managerial stints at the Santiago Bernabeu were a roaring success, winning the Champions League three seasons in a row and securing two La Liga titles across two spells with the Spanish giants.
The Frenchman is a serial winner. But with the wealth of talent at his disposal at Real Madrid, there have been question marks over whether Zidane would be able to replicate his success elsewhere.