Mauricio Pochettino gets surprise next Liverpool manager backing amid Jürgen Klopp 'concern'

Glen Johnson has told former club Liverpool to pursue Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino this summer. The Reds remain on the lookout for Jürgen Klopp's successor this summer, with the German into the final months of his tenure.

Xabi Alonso had been the favorite but the Bayer Leverkusen boss announced he would be staying with the club, where he has recently secured their first Bundesliga title. Sporting CP boss Rúben Amorim is the new frontrunner but has refused to discuss his future as yet.

Several other names have been linked with the role, including Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi and Germany's Julian Nagelsmann. But Liverpool is not believed to have settled on a No.1 target and is still considering its options.

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However, Johnson has since thrown Pochettino's name into the hat as a potential candidate to succeed Klopp, despite being less than a year into his Chelsea tenure. Speaking to Betfred, Johnson said: "I know people will think that I’m absolutely mad, but Mauricio Pochettino is a big name that can go into that job and grab everyone's attention.

"That would excite people despite what’s happened at Chelsea this season because I don’t believe what’s gone on there is Mauricio’s fault. You don’t become a bad manager overnight and if he inherited that Liverpool squad, then I believe he could do good things at Anfield."

Pochettino took over at Stamford Bridge in the summer as the Blues embarked on another spending spree. His side have had a mixed campaign and sit ninth in the Premier League. An impressive recent run has boosted Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for Europe though, with an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon this weekned.

However, Johnson admitted it would be a tough challenge for whoever is tasked with taking over from Klopp. He added: "I’m concerned for anyone that has to fill Jurgen Klopp’s shoes. I’m sure that Liverpool will have successful managers again in the future, but to immediately follow Jürgen is a tough job. Anyone who goes there now has a very uphill job to do. It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s going to be a tough job." says: Pochettino has had a tough task on his hands at Chelsea given the squad overhaul last summer. There have been positive signs of late and there is no doubt he remains a top coach. However he is contracted until at least 2025 and it would be a surprise for Liverpool to make a move for him this summer.