Ex-Liverpool star tipped to take Bundesliga job - Will he sell Rodgers £7m defender?

Former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel is being tipped to replace Armin Veh at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Armin Veh will leave Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of the season and the man being tipped to replace him by German tabloid Bild is former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel.

Veh has revealed that his reason for leaving is the fact that he didn’t believe the club had the financial ability to improve itself in German football, which suggests Eintracht Frankfurt may have to sell in the summer before the new manager can buy.

“They are trying everything here and doing everything to establish Eintracht in the league. But there are limits, simply. And I have other goals,” he said.

Babbel spent four years at Anfield between 200 and 2004 making just 42 appearances and scoring three goals. He left the club on good terms and he could do his former employers a big favour in the form of 24-year-old centre back Carlos Zambrano.

“Potential candidate? Markus Babel. The former Hertha and Hoffenheim coach is currently without a club and is considered Veh’s favorite student. Babbel was the assistant coach to Veh in 2007 with Stuttgart. Babbel briefly interned at Frankfurt-training two weeks ago,” reads the report in Bild.

Zambrano has reportedly been a long term target of Liverpool and someone Brendan Rodgers could bring in to sure up his defence over the summer.

If, as Veh suggests, Eintracht aren’t willing to give Babel a lot of cash and ease those limits should they appoint him, he may have no choice but to commission a deal for his best defender.

Reports which have connected Liverpool with a move for the fiery Peruvian suggest a fee of around the £7 million mark, which Liverpool would have no problem with paying.

However, sporting director of the German club Bruno Hubner says he’s still hoping to change Veh’s mind so there’s a long way to go yet before Brendan Rodgers can pick up the phone and call the 41-year-old German.

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