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Liverpool should consider Gareth Southgate as next manager says former player

Liverpool may soon be facing one of the biggest managerial vacancies in world football. Yet, oddly enough, the spotlight seems to be shining just as brightly on their arch-rivals, Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag, the current boss at Manchester United, found himself momentarily relieved of the mounting pressure when his team staged a stunning comeback to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

That thrilling 4-3 win not only dashed Liverpool’s hopes of a quadruple but also injected a glimmer of hope into what had been a lacklustre season for Ten Hag’s Red Devils.

With speculation swirling around the managerial future at Old Trafford, one name that keeps popping up is that of Gareth Southgate, the current head honcho of the English national team.

Southgate has steered England through some impressive performances, including a memorable run to the Euro 2024 finals.

Gareth Southgate in training.
Southgate has been the England manager since 2016. (Image: Getty)

But as the chatter about his potential move to Manchester United grows louder, some are wondering if Southgate could also be a contender for the Liverpool job.

Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson weighed in on the debate during the recent international break.

Johnson, who knows a thing or two about the inner workings of both Liverpool and the England national team, sees Southgate as a viable candidate for the Liverpool managerial position.

“If he’s available in the summer, then you’ve got to look at all the options,” Johnson remarked.

“He’s done a brilliant job with England, so there’s no reason why he can’t be successful with a club like Liverpool as he’d be dealing with a similar standard of players.”

Meanwhile, over at Manchester United, the rumour mill is working overtime, with whispers suggesting that new part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has his eye on Southgate as a potential replacement for Ten Hag.

However, Southgate himself has been quick to downplay the gossip, focusing instead on his duties with the England squad.

As the dust settles on another thrilling round of football action, one thing remains certain: the managerial merry-go-round shows no signs of slowing down.