Liverpool already have the perfect future successor to Jurgen Klopp at Anfield in the shape of his No 2 Pep Lijnders.
The Reds are riding a crest of a wave right now. Having won the 2019 Champions League, they followed up that triumph with a first domestic league title in 30 years.
With Klopp signing a new deal to 2024 last year, replacing him in the hotseat is perhaps the furthest thing from their mind.
But one day there will be a Liverpool after Klopp. As such, Steven Gerrard has regularly been tipped as a potential successor.
However, Muslu Nalbantoglu claims Liverpool may already have the perfect successor already in place with Lijnders.
The Dutchman has been at Anfield, over two spells, since 2014 and is one of Klopp’s most trusted allies. He’s also well regarded as something of a tactical expert.
Nalbantoglu worked with Lijnders during his brief spell at NEC in the Dutch second division. Speaking on the Blood Red Podcast, he said: “What he had in his mind with the NEC players was not realistic.
“Of course, if you work with Mohamed Salah and the names of Liverpool, it is easy to do it with those players.
“His energy and his trainings were very good. Everybody loved him and still loves him at the club.”
Lijnders took charge of NEC in January 2018 while the club was aiming for promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie. He was sacked in May of that same year after failing; their bid falling short via the play-offs.
But Nalbantoglu thinks the 37-year-old has more to offer Liverpool.
“He loves football and you can see the passion in training,” he added. “He can never sit down and he was always standing.
“There were trainings that we have never seen before. If the players were a better level, maybe he would still be here.
“When Jurgen Klopp leaves Liverpool, Pep can take over with those players for sure.”
Klopp, FSG at odds over Raul Jimenez
Klopp, meanwhile, could be denied the opportunity to sign Raul Jimenez this summer.
Transfer expert Duncan Castles claims the Wolves striker is very much wanted by the Reds boss this summer.
The Mexican is a proven top-flight performer, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season. And according to Castles, Liverpool maintain an ‘interest’ in the striker.
Whether FSG will sanction a deal after previously shying away from Timo Werner remains unclear. And Castles remains unsure as to whether Klopp will be given the backing he craves.
Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast (via the Daily Express), Castles said: “I can see why there would be interest from Liverpool and the player because of the way he has performed for Wolves….
“While there is an interest, an understandable interest. It will be an interesting test of how much support FSG are prepared to give Klopp going into this next season to defend that Premier League title.”