Next Liverpool manager theory shut down by Simon Jordan as FSG given controversial shortlist

Former Crystal Palace chairman, Simon Jordan, speaking on talkSPORT
Former Crystal Palace chairman, Simon Jordan, speaking on talkSPORT -Credit:TalkSPORT

Simon Jordan has shut down claims that Thomas Tuchel should replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager. Xabi Alonso was first linked with the prospective vacancy at Anfield before committing his future to Bayer Leverkusen, so the Reds have had to expand their search for a new head coach.

Among the likes of Ruben Amorim, Roberto De Zerbi and Julian Nagelsmann, Tuchel has been mooted a potential candidate for the manager role. In February, Bayern Munich confirmed that the former Chelsea boss will leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, making him a free agent.

Despite sparkling credentials, Jordan does not believe Tuchel has what it takes to succeed Klopp. Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Crystal Palace owner said: "I wouldn't see it. I wouldn't see it from a coaching point of view.

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"He (Klopp) joined it up, most of the time with his relationships with the sporting directors and owners of the football club. He was a unique phenomenon, you are looking for someone to replicate that which you won't find. You are not looking for someone to potentially divide it."

Unai Emery has also been thinly linked with replacing Klopp at Liverpool as he continues to exceed expectations at Aston Villa. The Spaniard has led the Villans to the Europa Conference League quarterfinal, while also mounting a bid for Champions League qualification in the race for top four.

Despite Emery's impressive work at Villa Park, Darren Bent has poured cold water on talk of the former Arsenal manager's arrival at Anfield. Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: "Again, Liverpool are a bigger club. It’s facts, right, but the thing is he has been burnt before by doing that.

"He went to Arsenal. I don’t think the club were ready yet. Wenger had been there for 20+ years. If he had stuck with Wenger had done, he might have lasted a bit longer.

"If he went to Liverpool after what he has done, do you really want to do that again? You want to be the guy following that guy, do you know what I mean?"

Meanwhile, Glen Johnson believes Liverpool should poach Mauricio Pochettino from Chelsea. Speaking to Betfred, the former Reds defender said: "Even though I’ve said that Jurgen Klopp will be a tough act to follow, any manager that comes in will be inheriting a great squad and it will be an improvement in terms of player quality than any candidate would have had at their disposal previously.

"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..."