Liverpool: Release clause revealed for leading contender to succeed Klopp

Xabi Alonso and De Zerbi are among the leading candidates to replace Klopp at Liverpool

Liverpool: Release clause revealed for leading contender to succeed Klopp

Kolawole Babatunde 16:57 - 02.04.2024

Speculations are rife as Liverpool seeks to fill the impending managerial void left by Jurgen Klopp, with the release clause for one of the potential replacements revealed.

Rúben Amorim has surged to the forefront of potential candidates eyed to take the reins at Anfield, per Foot Mercato. Klopp, who announced his departure in late January, is set to conclude his tenure at the end of the season, prompting Liverpool to explore their options.

Xabi Alonso out of contention as Amorim emerges as his favourite 

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso | Imago

While Xabi Alonso was initially seen as a prime candidate to succeed Klopp, recent developments have shifted the narrative. With Alonso confirming his commitment to Bayer Leverkusen, Liverpool finds itself compelled to explore alternative avenues. Enter Rúben Amorim, the Sporting CP coach who's now in contention for the coveted managerial position at Anfield.

Reports suggest that Amorim is keen on testing his mettle in the Premier League, making Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester United, potential destinations. Despite acknowledgment of Liverpool's interest, the former Braga manager remains steadfastly focused on Sporting's ongoing title pursuit.

Uncertainty surrounding release clause

Amidst the swirling rumours, questions have arisen regarding Amorim's release clause at Sporting CP. Foot Mercato sheds light on the matter, revealing that the release clause varies depending on the location of the interested club. For those outside Portugal, the figure stands at €20 million, while domestic rivals would need to fork out €30 million to secure Amorim's services.

While the process of choosing his replacement is going on, Klopp, who has led the Reds to a Carabao Cup trophy this season, is still in contention for the Europa League and Premier League titles. 

Liverpool are currently top of the PL, two points ahead of their closest rivals, Arsenal, while they have a quarter-final date with Atalanta in the Europa League.