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39-year-old manager standing out for Liverpool as an alternative to Xabi Alonso

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Liverpool are whittling down their shortlist of potential replacements for Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds are currently assessing their options as they try and find the right successor for Klopp. 10 days or so on from the manager’s stunning announcement that he’s leaving, nothing has been decided yet.

That doesn’t mean that Liverpool aren’t active, though. So far, a great number of names have been mentioned, with former Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso the clear favourite.

Another name mentioned in passing though has been Sporting boss Ruben Amorim. And taking to X this afternoon, Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari has claimed that Amorim is the name currently ‘standing out’ as an alternative to Alonso.

“Liverpool evaluations in progress for the bench,” Longari reports.

“Many candidates in the running, the first on the list of LFC is Xabi Alonso. Among the alternatives taken into consideration by Reds the name of Ruben Amorim currently managing Sporting stands out.”

Amorim standing out for Liverpool

There’s good reason that Amorim would be standing out for Liverpool. Over the past four or five years, the 39-year-old has proven himself to be one of the brightest young coaches in the game.

He was just 34 when he guided Braga to the Taca da Liga – Portugal’s version of the League Cup.

Having then made the move to Sporting, Amorim bagged another Taca da Liga, before leading the Lisbon side to their first Portuguese title in 19 years.

The former Benfica midfielder then backed that up by securing a third personal Taca da Liga with Sporting in 2021/22.

Although last season was a fallow one for them, Amorim now has his team second in the Primeira Liga after 19 games. Two points behind Benfica and with a game in hand, Sporting are dreaming of a second title in just four years. Clearly, Amorim is no flash in the pan.

Granted, he’s still very young, but the 14-cap Portugal international already has more than five years work behind him as a manager.

It is a relatively big jump from managing Sporting to managing Liverpool. However, there is huge expectation on both clubs and Amorim has managed at Champions League level.

The likes of Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz have shown that it is possible to make that step up without too much drama recently.

So, yes, Alonso will remain the favourite. But should Liverpool fail to secure the Spaniard, Amorim would be a fine choice instead.

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