Jamie Carragher names manager who 'must' be favorite for Liverpool job amid Rúben Amorim twist

Sporting CP boss Rúben Amorim is someone that Liverpool has considered to replace Jürgen Klopp.
Sporting CP boss Rúben Amorim is someone that Liverpool has considered to replace Jürgen Klopp. -Credit:Photo by Joao Rico/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Liverpool, led by FSG's new CEO of football Michael Edwards, has embarked on the challenging task of finding a replacement for the soon-to-be departed Jürgen Klopp. But there has been something of a twist in the tale as we near the end of the German's tenure.

It was considered by many that Sporting CP head coach Rúben Amorim would be the logical choice to replace Klopp after Xabi Alonso ruled himself out of the running. But The Athletic has now reported that such a move is 'unlikely' as the process behind the scenes at Anfield continues.

It is suggested that Liverpool will likely look elsewhere rather than bringing in Amorim when the campaign ends in five games' time. The 39-year-old, it is said, has instead held talks with West Ham United over potentially taking over from David Moyes.

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Who else could Liverpool bring in instead if it is not to be Amorim, though? Reds legend Jamie Carragher has taken to X/Twitter to suggest that Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi could be an option, even though links with the Italian have previously been played down.

Quote tweeting the article with the latest update on Amorim, Carragher wrote: "Richard Hughes wanted De Zerbi at Bournemouth. He must be the favourite if this is true."

Hughes is the new Liverpool sporting director, who has worked alongside Edwards in the past. Still at Bournemouth until the end of the season, he has a lot of experience with the Italian market and it will be interesting to see how much of an influence Serie A proves to be with him in charge at Anfield.

Liverpool still has five matches left under Klopp and could yet win the Premier League title. Its chances of that happening were boosted by the good performance and result against Fulham over the weekend.

Liverpool.com says: The news that Amorim might not be the preferred candidate for Liverpool poses one big question. If not him, then who? De Zerbi is definitely someone who should be considered but Liverpool has played down those links when they have arisen in the past. He does have Premier League experience and it clearly a very good coach, however.

Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola is someone who is both highly rated and with links to Hughes as well. Following Carragher's logic, perhaps he could be someone Liverpool looks at? If it isn't Amorim, then it will be a wildcard selection. He would probably fall into that category.