‘Silly not to think’ Gerrard or two-game boss can replace Klopp at Liverpool, says Murphy

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Danny Murphy claims it would be “silly not to think” Steven Gerrard or one of his former Liverpool teammates could take over from Jurgen Klopp.

Rumours of a Klopp departure from Anfield have started to emerge in recent weeks with his side tenth in the Premier League after just two wins from their opening eight games.

And while Murphy doesn’t think Klopp will be given the boot anytime soon, he believes either Gerrard or Xabi Alonso could replace him.

Gerrard’s future at Aston Villa is hanging by a thread after a less than impressive run and Alonso has managed just two games as a top flight manager, winning one and losing the other at the Bayer Leverkusen helm.

“I think Steven Gerrard or Xabi Alonso could manage Liverpool, absolutely, yeah,” Murphy told Fair Betting Sites (via Liverpool Echo). “I don’t think either of them have probably done just enough yet to warrant that. I don’t think there’s a Liverpool fan on the planet, irrelevant of the start of the season, that would be even thinking about a possible change with Klopp. I don’t see that at all.

“I think it’s a big couple of seasons for Stevie at Villa to show his credentials, implement his style. It’s been a little bit up and down for him at Villa. He’d probably be the first to say that, so we’ll have to wait and see.

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“I think Alonso’s more in the infancy of his managerial career. So, you know, that’s a hard one to anticipate. I know he had a good first win, but in terms of their stature amongst Liverpool supporters and the legacy they’ve left, it would be silly not to think that one of them could be in the dugout at Anfield one day.”

Murphy believes Klopp will turn things around this season and lead his side into the top four.

“Liverpool will finish 4th I think,” Murphy added. “On Klopp, he can’t change his philosophy and his way of managing that’s given so much success overnight. For me, it’s just about being on top of players, reinforcing the messages and making sure they’re training at a high level because performances don’t improve unless your training is at it.

“There’s a lot of honest players in that squad to look at themselves, and I’m concerned, but I’m not worried. The cream always rises to the top.”

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