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Jamie Carragher suggests new name as Liverpool search for Jürgen Klopp successor – ‘I’ve heard’

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has put forward a new name for the list of potential Jürgen Klopp successors. But Xabi Alonso remains an obvious leading candidate.

Liverpool is set to embark on a period of change with Jürgen Klopp departing at the end of the season and Jörg Schmadtke already having exited after the conclusion of the January transfer window. FSG will need to get the new manager and sporting director appointments right as they will be vital for shaping what the next few years look like at Anfield.

Jamie Carragher suggests new name as Liverpool search for Jürgen Klopp successor - 'I've heard'

And while Xabi Alonso is a clear favorite for the top job at the moment because of the work he has done with Real Sociedad B and now Bayer Leverkusen (the German side is eight points clear with 12 matches to go in the Bundesliga), there will be other options that are considered. Liverpool is taking a data-led approach to working out who the best fit for the manager’s position is.

Alonso would appear to be a logical choice but Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has put forward a new name that he has heard people talking about. It would be a surprise if that was the person who was eventually appointed, but they are definitely worth considering as the extensive search for the best possible Klopp successor continues.

“There’s the guy at Benfica that I’ve heard mentioned, Roger Schmidt,” he told The Redmen TV. “I think he has got that link to the sort of Red Bull school… I think when people are mentioning him, it’s almost sort of the style is similar to Klopp’s style, so you think, ‘Okay, would that be a good fit and would you have to change that much?'”

Schmidt has won trophies in four different countries. He has established an exciting and winning brand of football in Portugal with Benfica. The Eagles won the Portuguese title during his first season in charge and are going well during his second.

Benfica is currently three points ahead of Sporting CP in the Portuguese league table, but Rúben Amorim’s side does have two games in hand. The pair are scheduled to face one another on April 9 and also have been drawn against each other in the quarter-finals of the domestic cup.

Liverpool.com says: Schmidt was in charge of Red Bull Salzburg from 2012 to 2014 and has also been the manager of PSV and Bayer Leverkusen, among others. But at the age of 56, he is probably at the older end of the spectrum. Alonso remains a heavy favorite for the job but others will come into contention too.

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