Klopp backed for Liverpool post

Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness believe that Jurgen Klopp is the right man to take of the reins at Anfield following Brendan Rodgers' departure.

Rodgers was sacked on Sunday, an hour after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw by Everton in the Merseyside derby. The Ulsterman's exit came as little surprise, with the former Swansea boss' future having been the topic of intense speculation for some time, with Liverpool having won just one of their last nine matches.

Former BVB Dortmund manager Klopp and ex-Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti are the favourites to replace Rodgers, and Carragher feels that of the pair it is Klopp who is best suited to Liverpool.

"If it was me, I would go for Klopp ahead of Ancelotti," Carragher told Sky Sports. "I think he's got more to prove. Liverpool is not an easy job now. Ancelotti is a great manager, but he's gone to clubs where you're expected to win trophies.

"It's a difficult job now at Liverpool, getting back into the top four. Forget talking about the title. I think it needs someone with that energy and drive to get the club back to where it wants to be, and I think Jurgen Klopp is that man."

Carragher's preference for Klopp is shared by former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness.

"When you think about it logically, Ancelotti's last three jobs were Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid," explained Souness.

"They can go out and buy the best players in the world. They have more spending power that anyone else out there. So Klopp might be a better fit. At Dortmund, they continually lost their better players at the end of each season. So he might be a better fit, coming in and working with younger players."

Klopp has been without a job since calling time on his seven-year spell at Dortmund at the end of the 2014/15 season. According to reports in the English press, the confirmation of the Klopp's arrival at Anfield is imminent, with the 48-year-old said to have agreed a three-year deal.