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Why Julian Nagelsmann could be the perfect successor to Jurgen Klopp 

The thought of Jürgen Klopp no longer being manager of Liverpool is something no Reds fan wants to contemplate at this point of time.

The German has turned around a club who was well and truly at the crossroads on his arrival into a European and domestic power once again.

It is not just his ability to turn his squad into better players, but better people as well, a rare blend indeed.

But as we know, (and it has never been so stark than in this uncertain time) that nothing lasts forever.

There has been much discussion over the past year regarding how long the tenure of Klopp will be.

He silenced any doubts that it will be in the foreseeable future by signing a extension until the summer of 2024.

But after that remains a question mark with former Reds midfielder turned pundit Steve McManaman pondering this week whether he may be tempted by German juggernaut Bayern Munich.

While it will be a terribly sad moment when Jürgen does depart, there is no doubt he will leave the club in fine shape for his successor.

There will be no shortage of applicants, but there is an individual emerging who has the similar principles in how the game should be played.

That man is Red Bull Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann.

The 32 year-old is seen is Germany’s brightest young manager star and after doing a fine job at Hoffenheim at both under-age and senior level, currently has Red Bull in third position in the league and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after comprehensively dispatching Tottenham in the previous round.

German journalist Guido Schafer  and used to play alongside Klopp at Mainz and currently covers Leipzig.

 

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He is therefore the ideal person to cast an analytical eye on Nagelsmann and told the Echo why he is such an interesting prospect to keep an eye on. 

“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."

Journalists like to strike a good working relationship with managers and Schafer said that Nagelsmann is someone who is engaging and some have likened him to a young Jose Mourinho in that he came to management without much of a senior playing career behind him.

But there is a major difference in their conduct as Schafer explained.

“There is a big difference in the relationship with the press and the journalists.

"Mourinho is very arrogant and sometimes the devil. 

“Julian is the opposite and I like to work with him - if you ask a question, he answers it."

While there is not a sense of overwhelming arrogance that the Portuguese commonly displays, there is a quiet confidence about Nagelsmann that is redeeming.

“Nagelsmann is a genius as a coach - but every genius loves himself! Julian loves Julian.

"He is talented, he is skilful and he is powerful. Sometimes perhaps he forces too much from his team - he knows 20 or 25 tactical formations. 

Sometimes it is one too much but he is a very good coach.

"He also has good humour like Jurgen and he is 32! 

Schafer believes the sky is the limit for the young manager and it is why Liverpool should be keeping a very close eye on him.

“It’s crazy. His English is perfect and for Leipzig, the best coach in Germany is sitting on their bench.

"He is an option for every team all over the world."


 

 

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Havent really read this article but was thinking about Nagelsmann being hinted at as a future manager myself. The big difference so far is that Klopp actually broke Bayern's stranglehold and dominance,won trophies and generally put Dortmund on a par with Bayern for a while but Nagelsmann has won nothing yet. He also has to get used to his better players being sold and still being able to win trophies as this was what Klopp did with success in Germany and in England too. 

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Talk about coming early, you've shot your load at the disco.

 

Can we not just dominate the domestic and European leagues for a few more years before we start this kinda talk, please. 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, VladimirIlyich said:

Havent really read this article but was thinking about Nagelsmann being hinted at as a future manager myself. The big difference so far is that Klopp actually broke Bayern's stranglehold and dominance,won trophies and generally put Dortmund on a par with Bayern for a while but Nagelsmann has won nothing yet. He also has to get used to his better players being sold and still being able to win trophies as this was what Klopp did with success in Germany and in England too. 

Let's see how he will deal with losing Werner next seaso. That should be a good test but the fact remains that he did bring Hoffenheim European football for the first time in their history and kept them as a top 6 club when he was there. He also lost some of his Hoffenheim stars but continued to outperform with that team. Now, he's left, Hoffenheim are nowhere in the reckoning for a European place. 

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24 minutes ago, Bad Red Bull said:

Let's see how he will deal with losing Werner next seaso. That should be a good test but the fact remains that he did bring Hoffenheim European football for the first time in their history and kept them as a top 6 club when he was there. He also lost some of his Hoffenheim stars but continued to outperform with that team. Now, he's left, Hoffenheim are nowhere in the reckoning for a European place. 

They are all fair points regarding Hoffenheim but as a fan I want a manager with a record of winning trophies to manage us and not another Mr Ten Page dossier man who loved himself so much he would have eaten himself if he could.

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1 hour ago, S.i.t.M aka The Boring One™ said:

Get him in to see if he can diagnose what is wrong with Naby Keita. 

 

He's never coached Keita before. Nagelsmann was at Hoffenheim until last summer.

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Nothing wrong with a bit of succession planning. Fortunately Liverpool are unlikely to find themselves in a position where they suddenly find themselves needing a new manager.
 

When the time does come, all parties will have the opportunity to do what’s needed to make the transition as smooth as possible. Keeping an eye on potential successors both internal and external is just sensible, at this stage it doesn’t have to be a big thing. Perhaps Klopp himself will be asked to take some part in this. If so, hopefully he won’t champion David Moyes. 

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2 hours ago, VladimirIlyich said:

They are all fair points regarding Hoffenheim but as a fan I want a manager with a record of winning trophies to manage us and not another Mr Ten Page dossier man who loved himself so much he would have eaten himself if he could.

I get what you are saying. Record of winning trophies - I struggle to think who out there is apart from Pep (chequebook manager), Mourinho ( don't want), Zidane (am unsure) and the rest are all in Mickey mouse leagues...

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14 minutes ago, Bad Red Bull said:

I get what you are saying. Record of winning trophies - I struggle to think who out there is apart from Pep (chequebook manager), Mourinho ( don't want), Zidane (am unsure) and the rest are all in Mickey mouse leagues...

There's a guy at Leicester who won a few trophies recently... 

 

/*sneaks out of thread*/

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I don't think there is a huge list of decent managers out there anymore. Ancelotti would have been my first choice after Klopp but he's decided to retire and the other managers you would class as "top" are all bellends. 

 

Guardiola

Mourinho

Tuchel

Simeone 

 

Just proper tits. 

 

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3 hours ago, Bjornebye said:

I don't think there is a huge list of decent managers out there anymore. Ancelotti would have been my first choice after Klopp but he's decided to retire and the other managers you would class as "top" are all bellends. 

 

Guardiola

Mourinho

Tuchel

Simeone 

 

Just proper tits. 

 

Tuchel is shite and has only won a mickey mouse league with the French football version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

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5 minutes ago, VladimirIlyich said:

Tuchel is shite and has only won a mickey mouse league with the French football version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Oh I agree mate but his stock seems pretty high. 

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This thread is the equivalent of a man being married to a stunning, brilliant, selfless woman with the same sense of humour and no health problems, and then he's at the pub talking about who he would marry if she were to die.

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