Liverpool’s Search for Klopp Successor: Gary O’Neil Considered, But Too Early

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As Liverpool continues its quest to find Jürgen Klopp’s successor, speculation swirls around potential candidates from Europe and the Premier League. With Klopp set to depart after nine years, the managerial search remains unresolved, despite initial speculation favoring Xabi Alonso. However, Alonso’s commitment to Bayer Leverkusen for another year has shifted attention to other options, including Sporting CP’s Ruben Amorim. Despite reports of a ‘verbal agreement,’ Amorim vehemently denies any discussions with Liverpool, leaving his future uncertain.

While Germany’s Julian Nagelsmann and Roberto De Zerbi remain in consideration, another name in the mix is Wolves’ Gary O’Neil. O’Neil, who previously worked with Liverpool’s Under-23s, has impressed in his managerial role, drawing interest from both Liverpool and Manchester United. However, former Liverpool player Steve McManaman believes it may be too early for O’Neil to step into Klopp’s shoes. Despite O’Neil’s potential, McManaman suggests that managing Liverpool requires more experience, likening it to Xabi Alonso’s path. McManaman emphasizes the importance of managing not just the squad but also the club’s history, fans, and expectations, indicating that O’Neil may need more time elsewhere before assuming such a significant role.

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