What Klopp might do when leaving Reds hinted at with Tuchel announcement

It’s a topic that comes up more often than Jurgen Klopp would like.

Despite signing a new Liverpool contract less than a year ago to keep him on Merseyside until 2024, the identity of his would-be successor is frequently broached.

Some champion the cause of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

The idea of a club legend returning to take the hotseat after one of the most stellar playing careers in Anfield history is too perfect a story to dismiss.

Having the iconic Gerrard patrol the technical area with the same distinction he did Liverpool ‘s midfield for close to two decades ticks all the boxes for a supporter base raised on a heavy diet of romanticism.

Gerrard’s stint north of the border at Ibrox is also proving that his managerial acumen is becoming as impressive as his playing one.

Rangers are unbeaten in all competitions so far this term, including the Europa League, and currently hold a nine-point lead over perennial Premiership winners, Celtic, at the top of Scottish football.

Gerrard’s ongoing upward trajectory will not be happening without note at Anfield you would assume.

For others who are brave enough to contemplate life after Klopp, continuity is the key, and that is where the case for assistant boss Pep Lijnders is made.

Klopp’s right-hand man has become one of the most highly-rated young coaches in the game during the formative years of his career.

At the age of just 37, Lijnders has risen from first-team development coach under Brendan Rodgers to one of the most trusted figures inside Klopp’s inner circle.

His voice is heard when the big decisions are being made and the Dutchman is at the forefront of the tactical and technical modifications on the pitch at Liverpool.

Media dealings when previewing League Cup fixtures over the last two seasons have always been fascinating, too.

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Lijnders, like his boss, is a football obsessive whose knowledge of the game pours out of every answer he gives.

But what about the current incumbent? What does Klopp make of talk about his successor?

Back in September, when asked about how Anfield might look in the wake of his departure, he said: “A lot of people ask me this question.

“I have never heard someone ask Pep Guardiola about that but his contract ends next year.

“I’ve got four years left which feels like an eternity in football. A lot can happen during this time.

“I would assume that in four years I will think about whether to renew or not. If I don’t renew, I’ll go on holiday.”

Six months before Klopp pitched up at Anfield, he made public his intention to step away from Borussia Dortmund after seven years.

The Bundesliga season still had around a month left to play, but the tough decision was aired in April 2015 after he was asked to be released from his contract three years early.

“I always said in that moment where I believe I am not the perfect coach anymore for this extraordinary club I will say…

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