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Why Ex-Liverpool defender thinks Reds should consider replacing Klopp with Southgate

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Liverpool should consider bringing in Gareth Southgate to replace Jurgen Klopp as manager in the summer, according to a former England and Reds defender.

In January, the German boss announced he would be leaving Anfield at the end of the season after nine years, sparking huge speculation over who could replace him on the touchline.

Southgate is tasked with leading the Three Lions during Euro 2024 in June and July, but the 53-year-old’s future in the national team hot seat has always been undecided, and he could move onto a different job once the European Championships are over.

Former defender Glen Johnson, who made 200 appearances for Liverpool and earned 54 England caps, spoke about Southgate’s future in a new interview.

Johnson told Betfred: ‘It’s an awkward one to talk about because you don’t want to go into a major tournament speculating about whether England’s manager is going elsewhere.’

On the Liverpool link, Johnson said: ‘If he’s available in the summer, then you’ve got to look at all the options. He’s done a brilliant job with England, so there’s no reason why he can’t be successful with a club like Liverpool as he’d be dealing with a similar standard of players.

‘You’d need to have the chat because you can’t just dismiss him if he’s available.’

With the Euros penned in for the 14th of June to the 10th of July, it would leave Liverpool, or any club, with limited time to utilise Southgate before pre-season really got going.

Southgate took England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, and the final of Euro 2020 three years ago, falling short in the showpiece to Italy after a penalty shoot-out.

Xabi Alonso has been widely linked to the forthcoming vacancy at Liverpool, but the Bayer Leverkusen coach is also being closely followed by Bayern Munich, who seek their own new manager in the summer, and are confident they can get him.

Johnson said he’d like to see Alonso manage Liverpool ‘one day’, but added: ‘I believe somebody needs to come in after Jürgen Klopp and take the bullet first.

‘I know that sounds horrible and brutal to say, but there’s no chance of whoever comes in next being better than Jürgen and that’s a testament to the team he’s built at Liverpool.’

Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi and Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim are other names linked with the Liverpool job.

England play Belgium in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday night, before the preparations for Euro 2024 get underway in June with fixtures against Bosnia and Iceland before their competitive opener against Serbia on June 16.

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