Jamie Redknapp says Liverpool fans should not expect miracles from their next manager.
Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail that Liverpool's next manager will not have it easy, and expectations should be tempered.
He said: "Let’s not kid ourselves. Liverpool have only finished in the top four twice in seven seasons so they would do well to get there again.
"But there are good players in the squad and if someone comes in and really lifts them, there’s every chance they could get there again this season."
Liverpool sacked manager Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, after a draw with Everton which left them with only three wins from eight Premier League games this season.
Redknapp also threw out a suggestion that his sacking could have been because Liverpool were worried Chelsea could make a move for their desired replacements,
He said: "You also have to wonder whether the timing had anything to do with Chelsea’s turmoil and who is available."
His veiled suggestion is a jab at Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, offering the possibility that the Blues could look to sack the manager after a slow start to the season.
Even so Jurgen Klopp would perhaps be unlikely to join Chelsea over Liverpool, reported by The Mail in 2013 to have already snubbed the London club once.
Liverpool fit the Klopp mould better than Chelsea do, a club in need of rebuilding with a rich history, with much of the groundwork for success already laid by Rodgers.
The Reds may well have feared competition for the German though, and who knows, it's not impossible Klopp could be persuaded by the Blues if the timing and money was right, so if they have acted to steal a march on the competition, it may prove to be a savvy move.