Liverpool 'has spoken to surprise new manager option' as three stars to follow Jürgen Klopp out

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. -Credit:Photo by sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Liverpool plays Fulham later this weekend and some interesting claims have emerged in the meantime involving some potentially departing players this summer and some more on Niko Kovač. Here's your round-up of the latest Liverpool news.

Liverpool 'has spoken to Niko Kovač'

Earlier this week, it emerged via the Daily Mail that Liverpool was considering a surprise move for former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovač ahead of the summer. With Jürgen Klopp set to depart after the next six games, Michael Edwards is on the hunt for a successor.

Writing for Caught Offside, BILD chief football writer Christian Falk has explained that Liverpool did speak with Kovač's representatives but he is far from a top candidate for the role. The 52-year-old is said to be on an 'extended list' of people who could be turned to, though it would take a lot of others to be unavailable for anything to come of the interest.

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Sporting CP head coach Rúben Amorim appears to be the frontrunner at the moment but Liverpool insists that nothing has been decided yet. It is still going through the process of working out what the best option is having been guided by the data.

Julian Nagelsmann was one option mentioned previously but he has signed an extension with the German national team. Xabi Alonso has previously ruled himself out of the running for the Liverpool job by committing to Bayer Leverkusen and links with Roberto De Zerbi have been played down.

Three Liverpool players could follow Jürgen Klopp in leaving

As well as Klopp leaving, Liverpool has decided to let Joël Matip, Thiago Alcântara and Adrián go this summer, Football Insider reports. All three are set to be out of contract and no extensions are said to be forthcoming.

Liverpool probably needs to sign a center-back to replace Matip but that would have been a good idea even if he still had another year to go on his deal. Thiago has barely played this season but Stefan Bajčetić will essentially be another option next season and Bobby Clark and Ryan Gravenberch will be hopeful of getting more minutes as well.

Before Liverpool can make any permanent decisions on who might be coming in during the summer transfer market, it will need to establish who its next manager is going to be. After that, the plan will become a lot easier to formulate.