Ruben Amorim: Everything You Need to Know About Manager on the Verge of Liverpool Job

Ruben Amorim: Everything You Need to Know About Manager on the Verge of Liverpool Job

Rene Otinga
updated at April 8, 2024 at 3:49 PM
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  • Liverpool are reportedly set to meet Ruben Amorim’s agent on Monday, April 8
  • The Reds are intent on landing Amorim as Jurgen Klopp’s successor
  • Amorim has emerged as one of the most promising tacticians in world football

Liverpool are on the verge of acquiring their man, according to sensational new reports.

With Jurgen Klopp set to depart the club at the end of the season, Liverpool are still on the hunt for the German’s successor.

Ruben Amorim, the Sporting Lisbon manager, has been linked with the Chelsea and Liverpool job.
Ruben Amorim has been linked with the Chelsea job to replace Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Jose Manuel Alvarez/Gualter Fatia.
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Reports now suggest the Reds have set their sights on Ruben Amorim, who is currently the manager of Portuguese outfit Sporting CP.

Amorim threw a spanner in the works recently by admitting he did not know whether he would stay with the Portuguese giants beyond the 2023/24 season.

According to This is Anfield, Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda, who has been at the centre of updates regarding the Amorim situation, claims Liverpool want to reach a full agreement with the 39-year-old this week.

Thanks to his work in Portugal, the Sporting Lisbon manager has emerged as one of the highly rated young managers in Europe.

Not only has Amorim been linked with the Chelsea job, Liverpool are reportedly also keeping an eye on him as a potential replacement for the departing Jurgen Klopp. The 39-year-old is seen as the ideal replacement because his fairly young age in management offers the chance to take Liverpool to the next level with contemporary tactics.

But who exactly is Rúben Filipe Marques Amorim? Sports Brief did a quick spot check on the Portugal international and established some interesting facts about him.

1. He idolises Jose Mourinho

There is a reason Amorim is referred to in parts of Portugal as a ‘Young Mourinho’.

In an interview in 2022, Amorim made clear his admiration for Mourinho, and picked the former Chelsea boss ahead of Pep Guardiola.

2. He won Sporting their 1st title in 19 years

Having taken charge of Sporting Lisbon in 2020, Amorim was given the unenviable task of rivalling the likes of FC Porto and Benfica for the title.

At just 35 years, the tactician masterminded a famous title win in the 2020/21 campaign.

3. Did an internship under Jose Mourinho

We now know how highly Amorim rates Jose Mourinho, and because of this, it comes as no surprise to know that he actually worked under The Special One’s wing in 2017 after retiring from professional football.

Notably, his ideologies and style of play is very similar to his idol, thanks to the time he took to learn from the veteran when he was at Manchester United.

4. Injury ended his playing career

Amorim retired at age 32 after spells with Belenenses, Benfica, Braga and Al-Wakrah. Primarily a midfielder, he played 14 times for his country, but his injury-prone nature had devastating ramifications on his career, according to One Football.

Towards the end of his career, he suffered a career-ending anterior cruciate ligament and decided to shift his focus on management.

5. He is gunning for a second league title

As it stands, Amorim’s exemplary work at Sporting Lisbon is there for all to see as his side is among the favourites to win the league title.

Sporting currently lies two points behind league leaders Porto, who have played a game more than their rivals, per ESPN.

He mostly favours a 3-4-3 formation and is a huge advocate for the pressing game and using attack as the best form of defence.

6. He is a straight talker during press conferences

Much like his inspiration Jose Mourinho, Amorim does not take the ‘media-trained’ approach when responding to questions from media.

He is a soft-spoken chap but will also often come with note-worthy moments during his press conferences.

In fact, he has become so entertaining while on media duty that a section of fans from the green half of Lisbon have created a page on X specially dedicated to counting down days until they see their manager talk again.

Klopp aims dig at Man United

Sports Brief also reported on Jurgen Klopp’s dig at Manchester United after the 2-2 draw on Sunday, April 7.

Klopp appeared to criticize United’s style of play as he boldly stated the Red Devils would lose to Arsenal if they played as they did in the Old Trafford encounter.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.