Messi's foe was spotted at Anfield Road and could replace Klopp at Liverpool

The German coach will leave at the end of the season and there are many rumors about his successor.

By Alejandro Lopez Vega

Messi doesn't like him.
Messi doesn't like him.
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Last week the soccer world was shocked by Jurgen Klopp's unexpected announcement. The German coach recorded a video that was shared on social media in which he explained the reasons for his decision to leave Liverpool after the end of the current season. He assured that he no longer has the necessary energy to plan a new year in charge of the team and that is why he believes it is the right time to end his successful 9-year cycle in the English side.

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This caused surprise to fans around the world and immediately newspapers, TV shows and social media were flooded with rumors and speculations about possible replacements for the German manager. The first to be mentioned were former Liverpool stars who are currently working at other clubs: Xabi Alonso, boss of Bundesliga surprise leaders Bayer Leverkusen, and Steven Gerrard, who at Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia has one of the highest salaries in the world for a manager.

Then other names of managers who have had recent positive experiences in the Premier League also began to be mentioned, such as Brighton & Hove Albion's Roberto De Zerbi, Aston Villa's Unai Emery and even Graham Potter, who shone with Brighton and then had a disappointing performance with Chelsea.

However, this Wednesday an unexpected option was added to that list: Louis Van Gaal. The legendary Dutch coach was present at Anfield Road to watch the match between Liverpool and Chelsea and that sparked rumors of all kinds. Despite being 72 years old, he is one of the most respected managers in the world and worked at giants such as Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, in addition to having led the Netherlands national team to the World Cups of Brazil 2014 and Qatar 2022.

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Messi's enemy

Precisely during the last World Cup Van Gaal was the protagonist of a tense situation with Lionel Messi. Before the quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands, the coach spoke about Leo and he did not like it. For that reason, the forward dedicated to him the celebration of one of the goals and after the penalty shoot-out victory, he also said some unfriendly words to him.

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