Amorim Liverpool boss odds slashed: Portuguese boss tipped for Anfield switch

Liverpool are currently on the hunt for a new manager in the summer with Jurgen Klopp set to depart the club after nine years at Anfield. It is a huge job for whoever decides to follow in the footsteps of someone so loved by the Liverpool fans.

From the moment Klopp announced he would be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, speculation has been circling regarding who would be his replacement. For a long time, it looked to be a formality that Xabi Alonso would return to Anfield.

However, the ex-Liverpool midfielder – who has Bayer Leverkusen top of the Bundesliga – has confirmed he'll not be leaving his current job, leaving the Reds searching around for an alternative. According to reports they're focussing on Sporting Lisbon's Ruben Amorim despite being untested outside of Portugal, but what and who could Amorim bring to Liverpool?

Amorim Liverpool boss odds slashed
Ruben Amorim is the favourite to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool – Photo by Icon Sport

Amorim Liverpool boss odds slashed

Potential new signings

Klopp has done a fantastic job over the last 12-24 months of reforming this Liverpool squad into one which went from failing to fishing in the top four last season to now fighting for the Premier League title. However, if Amorim got the job he'd likely wish to immediately put his mark on the squad by bringing in some of his own players.

The Portuguese boss could well go and raid his current club with Sporting Lisbon boasting a lot of exciting talent. Goncalo Inacio is one of the standout performers over the last few years, although he won't come cheap.

Inancio is being watched by a lot of European sides ahead of the summer, his price tag is to be around £60 million, although he is going to be worth that with pace, aerial ability and a superb reading of the game making him a perfect replacement or partner alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Viktor Gyokeres has been in fine form this season
Viktor Gyokeres could follow Amorim from Sporting Lisbon to Liverpool – Photo by Icon Sport

There is also not a shortage of options at the other end of the pitch for Amorim to bring with him to Anfield. Swedish sensation Viktor Gyokeres has been tearing up defences all season and will likely jump at the chance of moving to Anfield. With Salah not getting any younger and both Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo still inconsistent, Gyokeres could be a solid choice.

He's got 36 goals and 14 assists in just 40 appearances which makes him one of the deadliest finishers in Europe and could spearhead the Reds into a new era and new system under Amorim.

Tactical analysis

It would be a rather drastic change for Liverpool this summer if Amorim was to be appointed given he prefers a 3-4-3 formation, something Klopp has not really used during his tenure. The Reds often stick with a 4-3-3 formation which has served his side so well, but Amorim would like to play with three centre-backs, and two of them need to be quick.

This is why bringing in someone such as Inancio would be a very smart move, especially when Konate can play on the other side of Van Dijk and form a very frightening backline. A back three would also allow Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson to play even higher rup and continue to cause defenders all sorts of problems.

While a lot of players will be pushed out of the team due to this change in formation, someone such as Wataru Endo could thrive playing as one of the two pivots. Amorim likes to have his double pivot in midfield take the ball off the centre backs before driving forward and attacking the space with runs or through balls.

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso has revealed he won't be leaving Bayer Leverkusen this summer – Photo by Icon Sport

Is Amorim the best candidate?

Amorim is certainly the favourite to succeed, according to reports and bookmakers, but many will likely still be thinking, is he the right man? It certainly is a risk to hand someone so untested in a big European league the keys to a Liverpool team who've become so accustomed to being near the top of the league once again.

Xabi Alonso would've been an emotionally charged appointment – as well as a tactically astute one given what he's done in Leverkusen – and handed extra time given his attachment with the fans from his playing days. He would have likely not had to change too much from Klopp's current system and squad compared to Amorim.

Alonso isn't the only man being linked with the soon-to-be vacant Liverpool job, however, with the likes of Pep Ljinders and Roberto De Zerbi are also said to be in the mix. Ljinders would be a very natural replacement for Klopp having worked at Anfield for years and knows how the fans expect to see football played.

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi
Roberto De Zerbi has recently flirted with the idea of leaving Brighton – Photo by Icon Sport

It would be a huge risk for him to take over though having only had success as an assistant coach as of yet in England, so questions would be rife and perhaps now isn't the right time for him to jump in at the deep end, and instead take some time off like Klopp is set to do.

De Zerbi has been mentioned, but not quite to the level many may have expected. The Italian manager has openly spoken about how he could be set to leave Brighton in the summer if the board don't hsra ehis ambitions. So, he's an ambitious coach and one who's brought exciting and effective football to Brighton and that would appear to tick a whole load of boxes for a Liverpool boss.

However, his inability to potentially change games or tweak tactics when required has left Brighton facing humiliating and crushing defeat this season in both the Premier League and Europa League.

Overall, Amorim looks to be a solid choice for Liverpool but without a doubt, it will come with risks because no manager likes to follow in the footsteps of a club legend.

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