After the debacle of last season where Liverpool tumbled down from the heady heights of second to a dismal sixth and failed to qualify for the Champions League, many expected the axe to fall on Brendan Rodgers and the Northern Irishman was the bookmakers’ favorite to get the sack ahead of next season. It seemed his race was run as Liverpool manager with many supporters calling for his head and pining for the appointment of Jurgen Klopp.
However, when the dominoes fell at the club’s end of the season review , Rodgers inexplicably escaped the fate many feared for him and it was announced that he would continue as the manager for next season. However, his assistant Colin Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh were not so lucky as both were shown the door.
Since then , Liverpool have confirmed the appointments of Sean O’Driscoll – former Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth manager – as Brendan Rodgers’ assistant and Pep Lijnders as a first-team coach.
Liverpool held talks on Wednesday with former player Gary McAllister over appointing him as Brendan Rodgers’ new first-team coach, according to ESPN FC doing so with the appointments of Sean O’Driscoll – former Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth manager – as his assistant and under-16’s coach Pep Lijnders as a first-team coach.
Lijnders impressed Rodgers with his work for the club’s under-16 squad and has now been promoted from the academy to an elite development role in the senior setup. However, Rodgers has been widely tipped to make another appointment to his backroom staff , most preferably a former Kop favorite. While names of Sami Hyppia and Dietmar Hamann have been doing the rounds , ESPN FC have now reported that the club has held talks with former Scottish midfielder and Kop legend Gary McAllister to join the staff.
McAllister spent just two years with the Reds at the turn of the millennium but had a defining impact in the 2000-01 season when the club went on to win the treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and the UEFA Cup. He is considered as a lasting influence on the career of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard , and the fans will be desperately hoping he can have a similar impact on the likes of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, who still look like rough diamonds waiting to be polished by an experienced artist.
The news has prompted widespread joy among the Liverpool fan base and if McAllister can have even half of the success he enjoyed in his first stint with the Reds, he will come out as a successful appointment.