Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher’s unspoken bond blossomed in a fleeting moment on Sunday night when Brendan Rodgers was sacked as Liverpool manger.
It was no surprise to see Rodgers get the boot on Merseyside having spent north of £300 million without delivering a trophy. While this makes him an ideal candidate for the Newcastle United job should Steve McLaren find himself down the employment centre after the international break – it also leaves the ‘resting’ Jurgen Klopp as the strong favourite to take over.
With the odds on his replacement changing quicker then David Beckham’s haircuts here are five candidates that Paddy has seen money for. (Prices correct as of noon on Tuesday).
1. Jurgen Klopp: 1/20
By Monday, Paddy had seen twice as many bets for the big, lovable German as the next most popular choice and this proven trophy winner is long odds on to take over from Rodgers. Two league titles, a German Cup and a Champions League final all against Bayern Munich is an incredible record. If money talks and there is a manager to take the shite pile that is Liverpool FC at the minute and turn them into the Liverpool of old – then it’s Klopp for the Kop. BBC is reporting that Liverpool chiefs want the deal done by Friday.
2. Carlo Ancelotti: 7/1
Liverpool fans remember 2007? When AC Milan beat you in the Champions League final? Yeah it was that bloke. A 50/1 shout back in May, the Italian (below) is now 7/2 to take over at Anfield. Three Champions Leagues, one League 1, one Serie A and a Premier League title with Chelsea makes him a rock-solid contender for John Henry’s PL project.
3. Frank De Boer: 25/1
Dutch ace Frank De Boer has said he wants the job – which is a brave enough call given Liverpool’s recent form. He’s delivered four league titles with Ajax since 2010 and has delivered four league titles in that time. The fans will want the two market leaders but if one drops out De Boer could be worth a cheeky fiver.
4. Rafa Benitez 50/1
Always linked to the club he guided to Champions League glory but is Rafa really going to leave Real Madrid? Almost 10 per cent of punters think he could be persuaded to return to the ‘Pool. He was evens to takeover at the end of last season before Real Madrid came calling. But with Los Blancos’ first La Liga title bid since 2011/12 likely to keep him busy this season – any compensation package would likely burst puncture Liverpool’s transfer kitty in one go.
5. Steven Gerrard: 66/1
Could Stevie G be persuaded to give up the LA Lifestyle for Merseyside so soon? The Red faithful would love it and about 20 per cent of the book is on the fairytale return for captain fantastic. Gerrard is a hero at Liverpool and it’s widely expected that he will come back to the club in some coaching capacity in the future. Two FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one UEFA Cup, but never a league title. Will he be given the chance to bring the Premier League title to Anfield? Probably not as outright manager but being part of an Anfield ‘dream team’ would keep the fans sweet.