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Poll: Who should replace Rodgers if Liverpool drop the axe?

| 29.04.2015

Football is a fickle world, after nearly landing Liverpool’s first ever Premier League title last year Brendan Rodgers was granted messiah status on Merseyside and could do no wrong.

Fast forward a year though and with Luis Suarez gone and Daniel Sturridge out for large chunks of the season Liverpool look likely to miss out on a top four finish and all of a sudden the Northern Irishman’s position is being questioned.

In a rational world this would be ridiculous but his is football and backwards steps – even without Suarez – are rarely tolerated.

So with that in mind Ladbrokes News is asking you who would be best placed to take the Reds forward should Rodgers find himself on the dole this summer.

Read for our top candidates and have your say in the vote below.

Jurgen Klopp @ 9/2

The German is the reason all the big club managers in Europe – save perhaps Jose Mourinho – are squirming in their seats.

Klopp is highly regarded after his well documented successes with Borussia Dortmund and in leaving BVB this summer has indicated he craves a new challenge.

Arsenal may seem a more logical destination, but with Arsene Wenger enjoying something of a renaissance the Anfield job could come up sooner.

Rafa Benitez @ 5/1

The Spaniard has made no secret of his desire to return to England and should Rodgers get the boot few men would be welcomed at Anfield more than the man who delivered a trio of trophies in 2001 and landed the big one itself in 2005.

Liverpool will have to move quickly, however, with Rafa currently in discussions with Napoli to extend his current contract with the Italians.

Frank De Boer @ 7/1

De Boer recently claimed that he has previously turned down offers from both Liverpool and Spurs but after landing four Eredivisie titles with Ajax the Dutchman could well be tempted to take up a new challenge in the English top flight.

Ronald Koeman @12/1

The Dutchman has worked wonders at Southampton this season, steering the Saints from supposed relegation favourites to serious top four contenders for much of the campaign.

A three-time title winner in Holland, Koeman also steered Valencia to the Copa del Rey in 2008 and with his illustrious playing career taking in spells at Barcelona, PSV and Ajax the 52-year has contacts around Europe that put former Newbury Town defender Rodgers somewhat in the shade.

Rudi Garcia @ 14/1

Garcia has struggled to deliver tangible success at Roma this season but his resume is impressive thanks to a successful spell in France, which delivered the Ligue 1 title in 2011 with Lille.

Named French Manager of the Year in 2011, 2013 and 2014 the 51-year-old has a penchant for blooding youngsters and can take some of the credit for Eden Hazard’s rise to prominence. This would bode well for the likes of Jordan Ibe and Raheem Sterling should the Roma boss get the nod.

Laurent Blanc @ 14/1

The PSG gaffer may have ties with Manchester United but Liverpool fans would perhaps overlook this in favour of landing the two-time Ligue 1 winner. Blanc guided Bordeaux to a shock title win an 2009 and followed that up with last year’s crown for PSG.

A total of nine trophies in France is impressive and the fact that Les Parisiens are getting better year-on-year in the Champions League could also prove attractive to the Reds’ board.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.