Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has transformed the Reds into a world-beating side inside an extraordinary 13 months.
Klopp will be immortalised forever at Anfield alongside the likes of Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan. However, life could have been very different for the Premier League champions.
According to The Athletic, as relayed by @AnfieldEdition, Fenway Sports Group (FSG) were interested in appointing Eddie Howe after sacking Brendan Rodgers in 2015. Rodgers, who is now in charge of Leicester, met his demise following a slump in form.
FSG “gave serious consideration to hiring Howe” as he was on a three-man shortlist with Carlo Ancelotti, who later ended up at Merseyside rivals Everton, before opting for Klopp instead.
Bournemouth are engulfed in a relegation scrap for survival and remain in the drop zone on goal difference ahead of the game against Newcastle this evening. To make matters worse, Callum Wilson, who is the club’s top scorer, has been handed a two-match ban.
Unsurprisingly, loads of LFC fans blasted the “close shave” on social media, with one fan tweeting that Howe could have been “another Brendan Rodgers” in reference to Bournemouth’s dramatic decline in form, while another added that he is “garbage”.
Scroll down through some of the scathing reactions so far…
Well that was a close shave
— CHAMP19NS (@45Dxt) June 30, 2020
We didn’t dodge that bullet (Eddie Howe), we dodge a asteroid. Thank goodness wisdom, sanity and sense prevailed.
Liked Klopp at Dortmund & was ecstatic when we signed. Had no doubt that he was a quality coach who would turn the club around
— Patrick (@B2Life33) June 30, 2020
THAT IS SCARY! 😲
— Naveed Ahmed (@naveedciao) June 30, 2020
He’s been absolutely garbage this season
Him being English completely absolves him of any blame though naturally
— Rob91LFC (@Rd91L) June 30, 2020
Eddie Howe wth were they smoking to consider him!
— Raz,LFC (@raz2fast) June 30, 2020
Howe would have been another Brendan Rogers pic.twitter.com/MDw0DJU4K3
— Bart “Unbearable All Season” Hobson* (@BartHobson) June 30, 2020
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