Former teammate identifies Klopp’s ideal Liverpool successor


A former teammate of Jurgen Klopp has identified RB Leipzig boss Julian Naglesmann as the Liverpool manager’s ideal successor.

Guido Schafer played alongside Klopp at Main and now covers Leipzig for a local paper, Leipzig Volkszuitung.

Klopp has been a huge success on Merseyside, winning the Champions League last season and on his way to securing Liverpool’s first league title for 30 years.



Nagelsmann, meanwhile, has drawn no end of praise for his stint as Leipzig boss and is one of the hottest young managerial prospects in European football.

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Speaking to the Blood Red podcast, Schafer said: “Nagelsmann is someone who wants [his team to have]the ball. It’s pressing but not all over the pitch and for Liverpool also it’s only in some areas.

“The idea is quite similar [to what Klopp demands]and the players have to be very intelligent to show the coach they are intelligent enough.

“It’s not easy to work under these coaches – they want all of you every day. But then you get a better player.”



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