Roberto De Zerbi is the perfect candidate to succeed Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager, believes former Reds star Danny Murphy.
Klopp is not leaving Anfield any time soon, with his contract running until 2026, but it would be something of a surprise if the German stayed beyond that point.
Murphy is already eyeing up who might replace the Premier League and Champions League winner, with the Brighton boss attracting his attention.
The Italian has been very impressive with the Seagulls, having made his name at Sassuolo, and while Murphy admits a lot can change in three years, De Zerbi looks the man for the Anfield job when Klopp departs.
‘I’ve got the answer, so I’m not worried about (Klopp leaving),’ Murphy said on talkSPORT. ‘I think De Zerbi is perfect. He’ll be ready then (to take over).
‘I think he plays great football, he looks a strong character, he’s learning his trade in this league with Brighton and doing it superbly well. I don’t see a better candidate.
‘Things change in football really quickly. So, the flavour of the month might be someone else this time next year,” said the former England international. “But I think he’s (De Zerbi) the real deal.
‘There is something about him. After meeting him as well, (I can say) he’s got real gravitas. A real presence. And I love the way his teams play.
‘But I can’t see Klopp going for some time yet. He’s got this new influx of players, and he seems enthused by Liverpool’s start (to the season) and the promising start of some of the new signings.’
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