Former Liverpool defender linked with Hamburg manager job

Former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel is favourite to take over at Hamburg following the sacking of Thorsten Fink.

Hamburg have endured a miserable start to the season managing just four points in five games which has seen them slip down to 15th in the Bundesliga table.

That’s not acceptable for a club of Hamburg’s size and they have acted, booting out Thorsten Fink and lining up former Liverpool star Markus Babbel to be the main who replaces him.

Babbel spent four years in total contracted to the Anfield club and there are some very positive reasons why Liverpool should be hoping he gets the role.

Current Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made a point out of investing in younger players from all over Europe as he looks to create the foundations for his team over the next few years.

Liverpool and Babbel’s relationship unfortunately ended when the German was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

He went on to have loan spells away from the club but it halted the momentum that he’d managed to create during the early part of his Liverpool career.

In an unfortunate benefit for the current setup at Anfield, it means that Liverpool and Babbel didn’t part ways on bad terms, considering the support and help that was offered to him through such a difficult period.

What it all boils down to is that Rodgers now has a natural link he can sound out if there are current Hamburg stars that he’s interested in.

Unfortunately this turn of circumstances has come too late for the Reds to be able to try and get a deal done for Son Heung-Min but there are other members of the current Hamburg first team Liverpool could target.

A good example is talented teenager Hakan Calhanoglu, the club’s second top scorer this season behind former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart. The Turkish youngster has bagged two goals this season and plays a predominantly attacking midfield role.

Another good player who could be a good squad player for Liverpool over the next few years is 23-year-old midfielder Tolgay Arslan. Arslan has a successful pass rate average of 85% based on league performances this season.

So there are potential players that Liverpool could take a look at, players who would fit the current criteria of the signings that Rodgers is making and players who could develop into far better prospects under coaching at Anfield.

Are there any players in Hamburg’s squad you think Liverpool should go after?

image: © Nick Sarebi

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