Carlo Ancelotti and Bayern Munich have parted ways giving Liverpool the opportunity of snapping up one of world football’s best coaches for free.
Some reports suggest Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a real target for the Bundesliga champions to replace Ancelotti after missing out on the former Borussia Dortmund manager previously.
If true, Liverpool should do all they can to make that happen and snap up Ancelotti in the process.
The Reds reportedly overlooked the Italian in 2015 in favour of Klopp following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers.
Jurgen Klopp has failed to improve Liverpool in his two years in the role. Fair enough he got to the League Cup final and the Europa League final in his first season in the role but flattered to deceive in both.
Is the squad Klopp has assembled any better than the one Rodgers had when they went so close to the Premier League title in 2014? He messed up during this summer’s transfer window.
The signing of Mo Salah looks to be a serious piece of business yet the farce involving Virgil van Dijk of Southampton was embarrassing. If the defence was a priority as it should have been, where was the alternatives to the Dutch defender?
Not for the first time Klopp had no plan B.
The Reds’ attacking threat is a sight to witness on their day but that was also the case under Rodgers with Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez and a fit Daniel Sturridge.
The midfield boasted the experience of Steven Gerrard, something the current side lack, while the goalkeeper has always been a problem area for the club in the past two decades. Neither manager solved it.
The defence of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip is hardly much better, some might say even worse than Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger under Rodgers.
Not much has changed at Anfield.
Some will point out Champions League football is back at the club under Klopp but Rodgers also delivered that.
Carlo Ancelotti knows the Premier League well. He, of course, won the double with Chelsea in 2010 before another unjust sacking from Roman Abramovich. He boasts an impressive CV having coached at AC Milan, Juventus, Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
The 58-year-old has won the Champions League three times and is highly regarded for his defensive work.
Perhaps Liverpool fans would prefer the style Klopp brings to the table but Ancelotti will deliver trophies. He has brought success to every club he has joined.
Ancelotti was, of course, the AC Milan manager when Liverpool shocked world football in 2005 and won the Champions League from 3-0 down in Istanbul.
During his spell as Real Madrid manager, Ancelotti took his side to Anfield in the Champions League and spoke highly of the club and its supporters.
“I’ve followed Liverpool since 1984 after facing them with Roma in the European Cup final, when we lost on penalties.
“It’s always been a club that excites me. The “You’ll Never Walk Alone” they sing is incredible. Nobody sings an anthem like Liverpool fans.
“Tomorrow, before the game, I’m going to go out onto the pitch early because I want to hear them sing it.
“I’m so excited… sometimes I look for it on the internet and put it on for my friends. It’s something really unique, seriously.
“I remember when we played them in Istanbul [in the Champions League final] and we were winning 3-0 at the break.
“There were 45,000 Liverpool fans in the ground singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” for 10 minutes. It was incredible and for an Italian it was a shock.”
Given those comments, if Liverpool offered the Italian the job as manager he would have little to think over.
Liverpool need to accept Jurgen Klopp has failed to deliver and they cannot pass up the opportunity to snap up Ancelotti the second time around.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena
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