6 Oct 2015

Anfield Excitement: 'Amazing' legend who managed Zidane/Ronaldo flies-in for Liverpool talks. Forget Klopp?

In the wake of Brendan Rodgers' departure from Anfield, Jurgen Klopp appears to be the overwhelming favourite to become Liverpool's new manager, but is there a possibility that FSG may ultimately unveil a different manager?

On Monday evening, The Telegraph claimed:

"Liverpool plan to confirm J├╝rgen Klopp’s appointment as manager by the end of the week after the German coach indicated he will accept the club’s offer to move to Anfield".

According to the Daily Mail, though:

"Carlo Ancelotti is also in the frame [for the Liverpool job]. He has flown in from Italy [and] is willing to talk [with Liverpool].

If Ancelotti is in the country, then Liverpool surely have to talk with him, even if Klopp is the preferred choice?

It's probable that Ancelotti flew in specifically to speak with the Reds, and if that's the case, then it'll be hugely remiss of the club to pass on the opportunity to meet with the Italian.

* If Ancelotti wants the job, then FSG are faced with the very real prospect of rejecting the services of one of the game's most successful managers. Do Liverpool really want to be the club that rejected Carlo Ancelotti?

* The Italian is a bonafide managerial heavyweight, and it's not often that Liverpool have the chance to appoint such an internationally renowned boss.

* Klopp is clearly great manager in his own right, but he is younger, and will undoubtedly have opportunities in the future to pursue the Liverpool job.

* Given Ancelotti's age, this is arguably Liverpool's last chance chance to have one of the world's greatest managers at the helm.

* Ancelotti also has the added advantage of Premier League experience.

I have to be honest, given the choice today, I'd take Ancelotti. This is a guy who has successfully managed the likes of Ronaldo, Pirlo, Maldini, Nesta, Cafu, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, and Zidane, and - like Bob Paisley - has won three European Cups (five, if you included trophies as a player).

As such, I find it inconceivable that a club in Liverpool's position (i.e. on a downward spiral to mediocrity and irrelevance) can reject Ancelotti - who, according to Cristiano Ronaldo, is an 'amazing' manager - if he's available, and wants the job.

Like Mourinho, he basically guarantees trophies, and will be able to attract the elite of European football. Unlike the Portuguese, though, Ancelotti is a class act, and perfectly embodies the spirit and humble philosophy of Liverpool FC.

Of course, I see the arguments against Ancelotti:

* A hired gun, who goes into a club, spends shedloads of money, wins a couple of trophies, then leaves.

* Doesn't really build anything for the long-term (i.e. youth system) and would probably stay at Anfield for only 2-3 years (since 2009, hasn't managed any team for longer than two years).

But still, this is Carlo Ancelotti, and a manager of his stature will put Liverpool back on the map immediately.

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Author: Jaimie K


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