Klopp’s ‘natural successor’ could be following the same path to Liverpool

Liverpool know that they have until 2024 to find a replacement for Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

It remains possible that he could extend his stay a little longer, but Klopp has never hinted that might be likely – departing then would already be the longest he has ever stayed put at one club.

Steven Gerrard, Julian Nagelsmann and Pep Lijnders are the likeliest contenders for most people at this stage, albeit with three seasons, plus the remainder of the current one, still to be played.

Another name, though, has been put into the hat as a logical successor for Klopp: current Borussia Monchengladbach boss Marco Rose, who is following in Klopp’s footsteps and heading to Borussia Dortmund from next season.

Put on the map by a UEFA Youth League win against the odds back in 2017, the former Red Bull Salzburg manager, now 44, was a player for Klopp at Mainz in the early 2000s.

He, like Klopp, was a defender at Mainz, and coached their youth team once he retired from playing. In 2014, he joined the Red Bull group to be a part of Salzburg’s youth setup.

“Winning the UEFA Youth League is the biggest achievement of the Red Bull football era,” said Karan Tejwani, author of Wings of Change and Red Bull Soccer expert, on a special Blood Red podcast.

“They have won league titles and Leipzig have got to the Champions League semi-finals but this legitimised their youth philosophy.

“Ralf Rangnick came in 2012 and he revolutionised the whole system and then five years later they won the biggest competition in youth football.

“They beat some pretty big clubs: Benfica, Barcelona, Chelsea, Man City, PSG and Atletico Madrid.

“They beat them all consecutively and those teams are some of the most potent clubs in the world when it comes to developing young players.

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“When Rangnick came with the whole new youth system in 2012, people thought they were not serious about it but it is the thing the fans take the most pride in.

“But when they beat Atletico in their home stadium, more people attended that youth game than the senior team’s next home game in the league.

“This was the start of a very good career in Europe for Marco Rose.

“He won the UEFA Youth League and the very next year he was a Europa League semi-finalist with Salzburg, which is not a normal achievement for an Austrian club.

“Now, he has carried that on with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League where face Manchester City.

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“They have been doing well and he has made a good start to his career, but he is still young.

“I would not be surprised if he goes to Liverpool because of that similar line of thought.

“After Klopp leaves, he should definitely be the top target.”

There will be plenty of competition for the Liverpool job, and much will rely upon timing; where Nagelsmann and Gerrard are in three years’ time remains to be seen.

So too Rose,…

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