Benitez fears the axe but would this potential replacement even be worthy of the post?
Former Germany and Bayern Munich manager Jurgen Klinsmann has remained tight-lipped over rumours that he is to replace Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez next summer.
The 108-time Germany international has long been linked with the Reds and the club’s co-owner Tom Hicks has admitted holding talks in the past.
Benitez signed a new long-term contract before the start of the current season, but speculation has suggested that the ex-Valencia boss’ almost five-year tenure could soon end.
Liverpool have been dumped out of the UEFA Champions League group stages and are off the pace in the Premier League, renewing speculation that Klinsmann could replace Benitez.
But the German said in Bild: “There are always rumours.”
Klinsmann does not want to return to club management in Germany and has indicated that he could make a move abroad before next season.
He said: “For us it is relatively clear. We will not embark on another adventure in the Bundesliga.
“After the World Cup, I will possibly be somewhere else.” (Sky Sports)
Whatever you might think of Rafa Benitez, and I know a hell of a lot of my fellow Liverpool fans are not enamoured with our gaffer at present, surely turning to Jurgen Klinsmann would be a huge mistake. I happen to still think the Spaniard is the man for the job but even if I didn’t I wouldn’t put my weight (substantial as it is in the run up to Xmas!) behind the German.
No one can argue with Jurgen’s incredible playing career spanning 17 years and four countries with amazing success but at managerial level he is still very much an unproven commodity. Yes he did well when put in charge of the German national team, but that was in a home World Cup and in truth their run to the Semi’s was an easy one and their only win against good opposition came against Argentina after a penalty shoot-out.
His one season at Bayern Munich didn’t exactly run according to plan. He went into the job taking charge of the reigning Bundesliga champions and led them to a runners up spot and only managed a Quarter Final spot in the Champions League.
Clearly Tom Hicks has been linked with a none to subtle move for Klinsmann in the past and I don’t think it would surprise many if the owners could afford to do so, they would placate Benitez with the former Inter Milan and Tottenham striker in double quick fashion, it appears only a large contract pay off that would go with such a sacking is preventing such a change of leadership.
As much as some fans may not like some other alternatives, Jose Mourinho or Martin O’Neill have been mentioned, both of those have far more successful managerial records but I still hope that Rafa is kept on to see the job through.