Relatively unknown German hopes to take over from under fire Anfield boss.
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Former Hoffenheim boss Ralf Rangnick is interested in managing Liverpool, his agent has told BBC Sport.
The German has been linked with a move to replace Roy Hodgson after leaving the Bundesliga club on New Year’s Day.
Rangnick’s agent, Oliver Mintzlaff, said his client has already been approached by three clubs – one Premier League outfit and two in Germany.
“He would be interested in Liverpool and it’s possible he could manage there,” Mintzlaff claimed.
He added: “There are no negotiations with them, not even a meeting yet, but he is a big fan of the Premier League.
“If he had to make a decision between the Premier League and staying in the Bundesliga, he would go to England.”
Rangnick left Hoffenheim after four-and-a-half years in charge because of a difference of opinion with the club’s owner Dietmar Hopp.
The former Stuttgart, Hannover and Schalke coach led Hoffenheim from obscurity in the German third division to the Bundesliga in successive seasons.
They finished seventh in their first season in the top flight and 11th last campaign.
Rangnick’s aim for this year was to lead the club into Europe for the first time, but when one of his key players, Luiz Gustavo, was sold to Bayern Munich against his will, he resigned. (BBC Sport)
This is not a very subtle attempt to get his foot in the Liverpool door but perhaps such a blatant appeal for the post may at least get Ralf Rangnick noticed. The little known German did a fine job during his four year tenure at Hoffenheim he took the club from the third tier of the German footballing pyramid and then proceeded to help them to seventh and eleventh place finishes in the Bundesliga.
The tactician is known in Germany as “The Professor” and whilst his success in his homeland is of Graham Taylor at Watford proportions it is unlikely he will get his wish to manage Liverpool who are currently doggedly sticking with Roy Hodgson and when/if he is axed the likes of Frank Rijkaard, Didier Deschamps and Martin O’Neill are likely to be ahead of the 52 year old German.
Also got to love Rangnick’s agent for engineering a link between his client and the Anfield club but doing so in with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. It takes some guts to say “It’s possible he could manage Liverpool” but that “no negotiations have taken place and there has not even been a meeting” but that “He is a big fan of the Premier League”, as though that would somehow be enough to get on the shortlist of potential replacements.
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