Last month, Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague explained that Rafael Benitez was too big of a name for Liverpool’s board and that they wouldn’t try to hire him as manager. However, the same could be said for Jurgen Klopp.
The journalist, who appears on Sky’s Revista de la Liga programme, said the directors of the club would see Benitez as too high-profile and wouldn’t go out of their way to appoint him.
Talking in April, Balague said: ‘’In the case of Liverpool, I still think the board feels he’s too big for them – not the club, but for the directors.’’
According to the BBC, the former Reds boss is closing in on the Real Madrid job and any swoop to replace Brendan Rodgers with him now looks improbable, but Klopp’s name is still being bandied around by the Reds' supporters.
Why Balague’s comments on Rafa could also apply to Klopp?
Klopp, who won the Bundesliga title on two occasions with Borussia Dortmund, like Benitez, is a high-profile manager, and arguably even more so than his Spanish counterpart.
The German’s character, the job he did with the likable Dortmund and his reputation in the media all point to him landing a job of a Champions League side when one comes available.
Although the 47-year-old would be an impressive coup for the Reds, the likelihood of Liverpool sacking Rodgers to get him, and him moving to Anfield, seems unlikely despite reports, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, suggesting he would move there if an offer was made.
The Liverpool board of directors seem content to persevere with Rodgers, but after last season’s showing in the Premier League and Champions League, he will need a much improved effort to be in a job at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.