As summer approaches, the Anfield ice is thawing in precarious fashion under the feet of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, though the Northern Irishman remains defiant in the face of a third trophy-less season on Merseyside.
In fact, having exited the Champions League frame thanks to a dismal run of one win in five Premier League games, rhino-skinned Rodgers has been busy issuing war cries.
“For supporters, and for players themselves, it is always great if you can get in those marquee players that can really help you. “And I think we can see that’s the type, maybe the one or two players, that we need,” he said.
However, there will be more than a few onlookers who believe the ‘marquee’ men he speaks of, may best be bought by another manager altogether.
Clutching a blot-heavy transfer copybook since taking the Anfield reigns, perhaps the Reds should hunt down these big-name signings instead?
The fine people at bwin.com are one step ahead in this respect. All prices below refer to each candidate becoming the next permanent Liverpool manager.
Jurgen Klopp 3/1
The eccentric gaffer may yet leave Borussia Dortmund on a German Cup-winning high after booking a place in the final. Given previous successes he’ll be managing at a top club again next and Liverpool would be compelled to hold talks should the axe fall.
Rafael Benitez 7/1
The Spaniard is a Kop hero from his previous Anfield stint which brought Champions League glory back to Liverpool. However, his generally cautious style of play and inability to deliver a title meant he left a slightly sour taste in some supporters mouths after six years and he may view him as a step rearward.
Frank De Boer 10/1
A legendary player in his time at Ajax and latterly at Barcelona, the Dutchman has made one of the more impressive strides into management.
The most-capped outfield Netherlands international had strung four Eredivisie titles together back-to-back until PSV Eindhoven spoiled things this season.
Nonetheless, titles, and more specifically winning them, is what Liverpool crave above all else.
Ronald Koeman 14/1
Keeping it Dutch, the similar CV’s of these two playing greats, even in management, is uncanny.
Both have won titles at Ajax and Barcelona on the pitch, while in Koeman’s case he also helped PSV to three on the bounce in the late 80s.
Now a veteran of three Eredivisie crowns as an admired tactician, Koeman perhaps has the edge considering his Midas touch at Southampton this season.
Jamie Carragher 20/1
The Liverpool legend turned Sky Sports pundit would be a ‘people’s choice’, but given his hankering for the tactics board and studious approach to the game, he makes an intriguing pick.
Prising him away from his bromance with Gary Neville might be tough though.