Ruben Amorim reveals what has upset him about links to Liverpool job | Football

Ruben Amorim is the leading candidate for the Liverpool job (Picture: Getty Images)

Ruben Amorim says the only thing annoying him about his link with the Liverpool job is the rumours of his replacement already being lined up at Sporting.

The Portuguese manager has become the leading candidate to replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss, as he continues to impress at Sporting.

The 39-year-old’s team are top of the Primeira Liga by one point with a game in hand on closest rivals Benfica, in a strong position to win the league title for a second time under his leadership.

After Xabi Alonso announced that he intends to stay at Bayer Leverkusen for at least another season, Amorim became favourite to replace the outgoing Klopp, although he is not being drawn on the speculation.

Bayern Munich and Portugal assistant manager Anthony Barry has been touted as Amorim’s replacement at Sporting, and he says this chat is all that is bothering him about his own exit links.

‘The only thing that annoys me is that they already had a replacement for me,’ he said. ‘That’s what got me the most upset, even today I told [Hugo] Viana [director of football] to calm down because it’s not like that.’

Amorim also rejected comparisons with another standout coach from Portugal, Jose Mourinho, not wanting to encourage that kind of talk.

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Sporting take on Benfica on Saturday in a huge match in the Primeira Liga (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It doesn’t make sense and I have no illusions about it,’ he said. ‘There’s no comparison between the great Jose Mourinho and the Sporting manager.’

Amorim is now odds-on with bookmakers to be Liverpool’s next permanent manager, ahead of other candidates including Roberto De Zerbi, Julian Nagelsmann and current assistant Pep Lijnders.

Speculation will continue to rage over who will replace Klopp, but things are going extremely well for the German in his last season at Anfield.

Results went perfectly for the Reds over the weekend as they beat De Zerbi’s Brighton 2-1 and saw Manchester City draw 0-0 with Arsenal, meaning Liverpool are now two points clear at the top of the Premier League table with nine games to go.


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