Undoubtedly the fans’ favourite, the out-of-work former Borussia Dortmund manager’s philosophies are seen by many as the perfect fit at Anfield but he has never been tested outside of Germany.
The vastly-experienced Italian is a three-time Champions League winner and has had success in Italy, England and Spain and only last week the club had to deny they had approached him.
Former Holland international has won the Eredivisie four times with Ajax and on Friday spoke about his desire to move to England, talking up Liverpool and Newcastle in particular. Despite a varied playing career, De Boer has not managed beyond his homeland.
Another Dutchman, one who has slotted seamlessly into Premier League life at Southampton and appears to have an approach which would fit in well at Liverpool.
Relatively high up in the bookies’ odds, the Italian was sacked by Inter Milan last November after previous spells with Napoli and Sampdoria, among others. No experience outside his home country.