Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp only signed a new contract back in December, keeping him at Anfield until 2024, but there still remains a debate over who will succeed the German in the long term.
Steven Gerrard would be a favourite among many fans but when asked the question, reliable journalist James Pearce suggested that assistant manager Pep Lijnders and RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann would be his two standout candidates.
Supporters on Twitter were mostly behind Pearce’s opinion on Klopp’s successor:
2 names I'm very happy to see on that shortlist l, hopefully ahead of Gerrard, I love stevie but I'm so against him being the Liverpool manager
— Jack Griffiths (@JGriffiths993) March 17, 2020
So no #Gerrard2024?
— Lee🇰🇷(?) (@KoreaLFC) March 17, 2020
Nagelsmann It is the best option if we are looking to continue with a serious long-term project.
— isaac ordoñez (@Irordz) March 17, 2020
Anyone after klopp would feel like a downgrade. Don’t want to think about that day yet 🥺
— Pratyush (@janglisherr) March 17, 2020
If and when Klopp decides to go, the board would be wise to go for Pep Ljinders as the continuity candidate. I know many would want Stevie, but I would like to think Pep is above him in the queue. Stevie afterwards.
— Colin Nickless (@NicklessColin) March 17, 2020
Just not Gerrard it would end on disaster
— gerald walsh (@geraldwalsh14) March 17, 2020
Interesting! I was thinking about this the other day and thought linders would be in the mix to keep consistency
— Ross Thomas (@RossThomasIII) March 17, 2020
Nagelsmann all day
— Robert Gouldsbrough (@Robaldo123) March 17, 2020
Pep or Julian for me not Gerrard. He was a great player i can't denial that but Liverpool is not Rangers.
— Ayanda (@realAyandaLanga) March 17, 2020
I like Nagelsmann
— Jay Seth (@SND_MND) March 17, 2020
Nagelsmann an exciting option hope he will be available by the time Klopp leaves
— PatsGudy (@mutapegudyanga) March 17, 2020
No doubt that Gerrard’s name will be mentioned when Klopp eventually decides to leave the Reds but his two-year stint in charge of Rangers has raised more questions than answers.
The 39-year-old has failed to win a trophy in either season at Ibrox and considering the Old Firm’s strength, there are some who believe he has already failed in Scotland.
Klopp’s contract has over four years to run, though, and a lot can happen in football in the intervening period.