Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has been proven right in a prediction he made about Jurgen Klopp before the German was appointed by the Reds in October 2015. In a resurfaced clip, the former defender discusses the merits of appointing Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti as a follow-up to Brendan. The dismissal of Rodgers.
Sky Sports’ coverage of Rodgers’ surprise departure after a 1-1 Merseyside Derby draw with Everton on October 4, 2015, went viral due to shock reactions from Carragher and fellow pundit Thierry Henry. But Carragher then offered his take on potential replacements in a view that turned out to be true.
A graph showing the candidates’ chances of succeeding Rodgers was placed on screen, with Klopp the clear favourite. Ancelotti, who had recently left Real Madrid, was second.
Also on the list were Walter Mazzarri, Frank de Boer, Ronald Koeman and Diego Simeone. But it was Klopp, who left Borussia Dortmund at the end of the previous season, who Carragher said was needed at Liverpool.
“Whether it’s those who come to Liverpool, Liverpool supporters are going to be delighted. Carlo Ancelotti – Three-time Champions League winner. We all know what Jurgen Klopp did at Borussia Dortmund, we’ve all been excited about them over the past few years,” Carragher told Sky Sports presenter Ed Chamberlain.
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“If it was me, I would choose Klopp over Ancelotti. I think he has more to prove. Liverpool are not an easy job now. Ancelotti, great manager of course, but he goes to clubs where you expects trophies from you It’s a tough job now in Liverpool to get them back into the top four – forget about winning the title.
“He needs someone with that energy and drive to get Liverpool back to where they want to be. I think Jurgen Klopp is that man.
Klopp was appointed Reds boss on October 8, four days after his predecessor was sacked. The 54-year-old more than lived up to fans’ expectations.
Liverpool have won the Champions League, Premier League and EFL Cup under Klopp, and are comfortably one of the best teams in Europe. The success earned the head coach a new contract this week, with the former Mainz tactician extending his stay at Anfield until 2026.
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Trailing Manchester City by one point in the top flight, Liverpool are on course to claim an unprecedented treble. They lead Villarreal 2-0 in the Champions League semi-finals and face Chelsea in the FA Cup final in May.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti went on to have continued success after missing out on the Liverpool job. The Italian is back in Madrid after spells at Bayern Munich, Napoli and Merseyside rivals Everton.
Last season, Ancelotti guided Everton to their first Premier League away win at Liverpool since 1999. The Toffees won 2-0 thanks to goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Other candidates De Boer and Mazzarri had failed in the Premier League at Crystal Palace and Watford, respectively. Koeman was in charge of Everton at the time but was linked with a controversial switch through Stanley Park, while Simeone forged a wonderful coaching career with Atletico Madrid.