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Roberto De Zerbi’s Liverpool audition will not come at Anfield


Roberto De Zerbi’s inventory since becoming a member of Brighton & Hove Albion has shot proper by way of the roof.

The Seagulls took a calculated punt to herald the fiery and free-thinking Italian, the precise type of gamble a mid-table membership with larger aspirations must be making. He has handed each rational expectation set of him – Brighton are actually a crew with an evolving however clear id who’ve made their mark on the home and continental sport.

Regardless that the Seagulls haven’t hit the identical heights within the Premier League this season in comparison with final, De Zerbi has at the very least ensured they’re nonetheless in with an actual probability of qualifying for Europe once more, all of the whereas battling an damage disaster which has gone below the radar, his earlier success making the present job look a near-failure.

Taking a step again and recognising these achievements, De Zerbi is clearly a worthy candidate to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, however of the intense contenders for the job, he carries probably the most threat.


Klopp has spoken glowingly of De Zerbi / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Brighton journey to Anfield within the Premier League on Sunday, with loads of deal with De Zerbi’s credentials after Xabi Alonso dominated himself out of the working. However in the end, his audition won’t come this weekend.

The Italian is unbeaten in his 4 video games in opposition to Liverpool to this point, together with a manic 3-3 draw throughout his first sport in command of Brighton on this fixture final season. He is claimed a number of scalps throughout his time with the Seagulls. It is no nice secret what an important tactician he’s, however comparable might be mentioned about his and his crew’s combustibility.

De Zerbi’s Brighton persist with their rules and don’t change. In a approach, they’re paying homage to Klopp’s first iteration of Liverpool – the carefree attackers who pinned their hopes on the likes of Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet to maintain the ball out on the different finish. Sadly, Liverpool are actually a good distance from that state and don’t wish to regress again to it within the post-Klopp period.

The opposite frontrunners for the job – notably Ruben Amorim and Julian Nagelsmann – have at the very least demonstrated they will succeed sustainably with out going gung-ho. There are fewer top-level gambles on coaches like De Zerbi anymore whereas they stand by their all-or-nothing type.

That is not to say De Zerbi shouldn’t be deserving of an elite job or will not even get the Liverpool one. He is within the discussions for this position, plus these at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, for good motive. It is simply he carries probably the most draw back – that wincing anxiousness you may lose 5-0 to a rival in your approach again up the ladder, that creeping realisation a rebuild will take loads of time.

Liverpool, now priding themselves on their cautious planning and tranquility below the immense strain to switch Klopp, might properly resolve the one method to fight such a seismic exit is to throw warning to the wind, appoint a charismatic and borderline bonkers coach to maintain everybody on their toes. David Moyes and Unai Emery appeared protected decisions to switch legends at Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, however each massively backfired.

That is the argument for De Zerbi. Those in favour of his rivals for the gig are stronger. This may doubtless be his standing within the working for any high job – the frisky outsider who might reinvent the wheel as simply as burn it down from the bottom up and take everybody with him. It’s going to show for a hell of a experience someday.