Tottenham hiring Erik ten Hag could set up a heated encounter with Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool next season.
Football.london understands Tottenham want their next manager signed, sealed and delivered by the end of the season having sacked Jose Mourinho last week.
Ryan Mason will continue with first-team duties until the end of the season, but Spurs are already working to get their new man through the door well ahead of pre-season.
With Julian Nagelsmann now off the table and Brendan Rodgers unlikely to be available given Leicester CIty are well on their way to Champions League qualification, Ajax boss ten Hag could be the man.
The Dutchman has fans in the Tottenham hierarchy having impressed with Ajax in Eredivisie and the Champions League since taking over in 2017.
And if the 51-year-old is to be the next man to take over at Tottenham, there could be an interesting encounter when Spurs meet Liverpool next season.
After Ajax lost 1-0 to Liverpool during the group stage of the Champions League in October, ten Hag hit out at Klopp after the Reds boss complained about the pitch at the Johan Cruyff ArenA.
“I really think the pitch was really tricky. It was like deep, muddy a little bit,” Klopp said to BT Sport.
“Even if you can’t see it from outside but it was like this because both teams looked really exhausted pretty early.
“It looked three days ago completely different, yesterday in training completely different. But it was the same for Ajax.”
He added in another interview with Ziggo Sport: “Surprisingly, the pitch was not good. I thought a football playing side would have a good pitch.
“A few days ago the players were flying physically but they all looked like it was really tough today.”
Ten Hag hit back over those comments, saying: “Klopp saying the pitch was bad? I don’t think the pitch was bad, no.
“Let’s hope we get a better pitch at Anfield then.”
It would be interesting to see how the pair got on should they meet in the Premier League next season.
Though, they have faced since that game, and Klopp was particularly kind when speaking about the Ajax boss.
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He said: “Erik is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting coaching talents in world football at the moment because of the work he does with Ajax.
“Of course, it is a wonderful club – one of the stellar names of European football – but in this moment it is clear they have outstanding leadership of the organisation and Erik is a big part of that.
“They have had to adapt in recent seasons after losing a few players to rival clubs. I remember from my own experience at Dortmund how that feels and what a challenge it is.
“How they deal with it is exceptional. The foundations of the team remain solid and they have recruited well. They have a clear identity. I love watching them, I have to say.
“I think they are as dangerous an opponent as you can get at this stage of the competition. It is no surprise that this group is so tight and will probably go to the final round to be decided.
“The game we played in Amsterdam was a proper battle. We showed fight and determination to get the result – but it was a really good game, played between two committed sets of players.