Arsenal legend Ian Wright has had his say on the managerial situation at Liverpool.
The club sacked Brendan Rodgers on Sunday following a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby, and Wrighty feels Liverpool have probably already opened talks with prospective replacements for the Northern Irishman.
“I feel Liverpool have already been in contact someone,” Wrighty said. “Their statement said they were going to act decisively and timely, which says to me they have been in touch with someone who has said yes they will come but it has to be now.”
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp left his role at Westfalenstadion at the end of last season and is the favourite for the job at Anfield.
Klopp’s Dortmund teams had great deal of success and played exciting football, and he has been touted as a possible future Arsenal manager. Wright, however, has doubts over whether or not it would be a good move for the Reds.
“I would worry with Jurgen Klopp, he brings exciting football, passion and respect from the players.
“That is fine if he can come in and Liverpool stop conceding goals and he can see green shoots but I think Liverpool should go with someone with real experience, European experience, like Carlo Ancelotti.
“If Liverpool can get Ancelotti they should take him with open arms, he has the experience, he has never done badly wherever he has gone, he is a classy bloke.”
Ancelotti has also been linked with the Arsenal job recently, but is another big name not currently in a role.
Klopp and Ancelotti are the favourites for the Liverpool job but either would have to be willing to break a sabbatical to take up a post this early.
“I am sure Klopp’s name will be thrown in, a manager like that out of work is maybe why they pressed the button, it is time to tempt a manager like that,” Wright added.
“When I think of Klopp, I think of that bad season that Dortmund had after the Champions League final, I thought the motivation wasn’t there, Liverpool don’t need that.
“They need a manager who has track record to be able to stabilise the club, get Liverpool back on the front foot where they should be.”
The bad season for Dortmund was last season, not immediately after the Champions League final, but the point remains a fair one. Klopp seemed out of ideas and exhausted after seven years at Borussia Dortmund. Is he already ready to go again at Liverpool?