Liverpool reach 'verbal agreement' with Ruben Amorim as Chelsea hijack plan falters

Liverpool have reportedly reached a ‘verbal agreement in principle’ with Ruben Amorim, with negotiations ongoing to secure the signature of the Sporting boss this summer. The Portuguese boss was identified by the Reds as their top target to succeed Jurgen Klopp after Xabi Alonso vowed to remain at Bayer Leverkusen.

Klopp announced in January that he was set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season after ‘running out of energy’ in the Anfield dugout. The shock news sparked the Reds’ higher powers into life in the managerial market, with several options being shortlisted as potential replacements.

Roberto De Zerbi, Julian Nagelsmann and Simone Inzaghi are among those to have been linked with a move to the club, with Alonso also the subject of interest before he ruled that he had no intention of leaving the BayerArena this summer.

Amorim consistently remained towards the top of the shortlisted candidates, and Liverpool appear to have taken a significant step towards acquiring his services. According to Sky Sports Germany, a ‘verbal agreement in principle’ has been reached with the 39-year-old.

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The Sporting manager is said to be keen to join the Reds this summer and has been offered a contract until 2027 by the club. Liverpool have been pushing for Amorim over the past few weeks, and their insistence on acquiring his services appears to have paid off.

The Merseyside outfit still must strike an agreement with Sporting over the fees involved in the deal and the ‘deal can still fall through’, which could be music to the ears of Chelsea. The Blues are also among Amorim’s suitors and have enquired about his availability.


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