Next Liverpool Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
04 August 2023 07:40

Liverpool finished 5th in the Premier League last term and missed out on Champions League football, their worst record since the first season under Jurgen Klopp in 2015/16 when they ended in 8th. 

Last year, the Reds looked nothing like the team Klopp got us used to, as Liverpool’s complex pressing patterns and intensity were barely recognizable. Despite the poor achievements, the club decided to give the German technician another chance. But if the new season shows no major improvement, we’re likely to see Klopp being sacked despite his contract until 2026, and that is why the next Liverpool manager odds have been on the rise lately.

Liverpool Manager Betting List

Quite surprisingly, the favourite when it comes to Liverpool next manager odds is Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders. The other names on the list include ex-Liverpool players as well as a couple of promising coaches.

Liverpool Next Manager Paddy Power ODDS
Pep Lijnders 4.0
Roberto De Zerbi 6.0
Julian Nagelsmann 6.5
Steven Gerrard 8.5
Xabi Alonso 11.0

Pep Lijnders

It is not uncommon for the assistant coach to get the promotion when the head coach is dismissed, but Pepijn Lijnders being this high on the next Liverpool manager odds is rather difficult to explain.

From what’s been written in the press, we know that Lijnders plays a pivotal role in Liverpool’s playing style. Usually, the assistant replaces the departing coach when the club officials want the team to keep growing in the same direction, but the Reds’ problem last season was exactly that the old tactics did not work, with the Dutchman bearing some of the responsibility too.

Besides, 40-year-old Lijnders lacks experience at the top level, having worked as an assistant coach for most of his career. His only stint as a head coach was in 2018, when he took charge at NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch second division but failed to achieve promotion and was subsequently sacked. He then returned to Liverpool, where he had worked between 2014 and 2017.

Roberto De Zerbi

Roberto De Zerbi made a name for himself among the football geeks during his time at Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk, as the Italian gaffer had his team play courageous, attacking football despite lacking the resources of a truly big club. The mainstream fame came to De Zerbi last season when he was appointed as the head coach of Brighton and Hove Albion. 

In his first season in the Premier League, the 44-year-old coach led the Seagulls to an impressive 6th-place finish and qualified for European football for the first time in their history – all while playing an attractive brand of football.

De Zerbi would be an amazing appointment for Liverepool, as his coaching style resembles that of prime-years Klopp but he’d add a bit more creativity to a physically-astounding team. Besides, the Reds have already brought in Alexis Mac Allister who was a key player at De Zerbi’s Brighton.

Julian Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann is the only name on the list (if we don’t count Liverpool assistant Lijnders) that would be available for hiring right away as he’s been without a job since spring. The 36-year-old German departed Bayern Munich not exactly for football-related reasons, as his team was going first in the league and had qualified for the Champions League round of 16. However, his conflict with the club officials and Bayern’s reluctance to let Thomas Tuchel join Real Madrid led to Naglesmann’s firing.

Despite the young age, nobody would consider Nagelsmann inexperienced as he’s been coaching at the top level since 2016. Julian follows the same footballing ideas as Klopp, betting on pressing and verticality, but he may be able to take Liverpool a step forward with his experimentative nature.

Steven Gerrard

Back in 2021 when Steven Gerrard’s Rangers was tearing the Scottish Premiership apart – his team won the league with a record 102 points while going unbeaten – the ex-Liverpool captain and legend seemed like the perfect successor for Jurgen Klopp. However, the Anfield job never became available and Gerrard ended up signing for Aston villa in the Premier League in 2021. 

Back in England, though, things didn't go as smoothly for Steve G, as the Villans finished only 14th in that league season. The Englishman would not go on to fulfill his contract with Aston Villa, being dismissed halfway through the next season. Gerrard accepted the offer from Saudi club Al Ettifaq back in July, and it remains to be seen what his achievements in Asia will be. But if the 43-year-old does eventually replace Klopp, it will read like a sentimental hire more than anything else.

Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso is the second coach on the list with a Liverpool past. While Gerrard spent 16 seasons at the club, Alonso sported the Reds’ shirt for only five seasons but he is still held in high esteem by the fans. After all, he was a key player and an important part of the Champions League winning squad in 2005. 

The 41-year-old’s coaching career has been progressing decently as well. The Spaniard started at Real Madrid's academy before moving to Real Sociedad's second team in 2019. In 2022, Alonso was offered the head coach position at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, and it definitely was the right hire! Alonso took a struggling team –- which was in the relegation zone when he arrived – to a 6th-place finish in the league and reached the Europa League semi-finals with them. 

Alonso’s 3-4-3 with active wings may serve as a breath of fresh air for Liverpool, and such an appointment would definitely not be just sentimental in nature.