Benitez, Martinez, Capello, Rodgers or Klopp? Who Should Replace Dalglish At Liverpool?

As the axe hangs over Dalglish's head we take a look at the six contenders for the Liverpool job.
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As the axe hangs over Dalglish's head we take a look at the six contenders for the Liverpool job.

As Kenny disappears in to the sunset we take a look at the six contenders for the Liverpool job.

Rafael Benitez

Rafa would take it in a heartbeat and will also feel he has unfinished business after having the rug pulled out from him financially after finishing second with 86 points. A large section of the fans will definitely want him back, he loves the club, knows a lot of the players and backroom staff and wouldn’t cost anything. On the flip side, his transfer record was mixed, he is stubborn to the point of cutting his snout off and he wants everything his own way.

Tactics: 8/10

Style of Play: 7/10

Previous success: 8/10

Transfers: 7/10

Long-term suitability: 7/10

Total: 37/50

Roberto Martinez

Supporters of every club in the land have rightly given Martinez credit for the way he changed his formation and got Wigan out of trouble, but does that mean you would want him managing the club you support? From talking to Wigan supporters, the work he has done with the reserve and youth teams - where he has installed a similar formation and tactical set-up that runs seamlessly throughout  - is highly commendable. On top of that, he has managed to turn Gary Caldwell from a man doing an impression of a manatee in a football kit into a very good centre-half, and also taken a raw diamond in Victor Moses and made him perform brilliantly over the last two months.

Tactics: 6/10

Style of Play: 8/10

Previous success: 5/10

Transfers: 5/10

Long-term suitability: 8/10

Total: 32/50

Fabio Capello

Five Serie A titles as a manager, two La-Ligas, one European Cup and a continued reliance on Emile Heskey. Despite the constant hounding by the British media, Capello is undoubtedly a very good manager -tactically astute, unafraid of dealing with big players and able to get the maximum out of a squad. The only problem is that all of his successes have been abroad and he struggled with the stupidity and mental frailty of English footballers. Credited by both Juventus and Madrid for bringing in players that helped them dominate after he moved, his transfer record is strong. Looks like a Bo Selecta puppet.

Tactics: 9/10

Style of play: 7/10

Previous success: 9/10

Transfers: 8/10

Long-term suitability: 5/10

Total: 36/50

Louis Van Gaal

As a fan I’m fairly open to who comes in, but one thing I definitely know is that it cannot be Van Gaal. Yes, he’s had success, but teams often take a minimum of 18 months to flourish under his autocratic style, he’s got an ego the size of Holland and makes Benitez’s stubbornness look like a Saturday morning cob-on.

Tactics: 8/10

Style of play: 7/10

Previous success: 8/10

Transfers: 7/10

Long-tem suitability: 4/10

Total: 34/50

Paul Lambert

Back-to-back promotions, a playing style that flits between aesthetic and brutal and an intelligence that shines through when he talks make Lambert a strong candidate. His work on a limited budget with a team of journeymen and cast-offs has been a joy to behold and, although relatively inexperienced as a manager, he won a European Cup with Dortmund as a player and was part of a strong Celtic team. Imagine he would interview very well.

Tactics: 7/10

Style of play: 6/10

Previous success: 6/10

Transfers 6.5/10

Long-term suitability: 8/10

Total: 33.5/50

Brendan Rodgers

For Lambert, read Rodgers, only with an emphasis on possession rather than power and pace. Another hugely intelligent character who was worked at all levels of the game and can clearly spot potential in a player that others have missed and get the maximum out of them. Has spoken widely about how he wants his players to be mentally tired when they leave the pitch and lit up Match of the Day when he has been on with his tactical insight.

Tactics: 7/10

Style of play: 8/10

Previous Success: 5/10

Transfers: 7/10

Long-term suitability 8/10

Total: 33/50

Jürgen Klopp

A dark horse when you consider he has just won a second successive Bundesliga with Dortmund, but as the Anfield Wrap mentioned on their excellent podcast yesterday, if two or three of his starts are sold the notoriously combustible 'Kloppo' could become a contender. Despite having no ties with Liverpool, just edges Benitez as favourite for that very reason. Tactically astute, loves his teams to play attacking football and has relished the challenged of besting Bayern.

Tactics: 8/10

Style of play: 8/10

Previous sucess: 8/10

Transfers 9/10

Long-term suitability: 7/10

Total: 40/50