Liverpool: Next three fixtures - Villa, Everton and Spurs could settle managers fate
After Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Carlo Ancelotti had been sounded out by Fenway Sports Group over the prospect of replacing Rodgers – Liverpool have denied that was the case – Klopp has let it be known he is ready to start working once more.
Though Klopp has not made any public comment, it is understood he would relish the opportunity to revive Liverpool’s ailing fortunes but, as yet, there has been no contact between FSG and Klopp’s advisors.
Rodgers, whose side scrapped through their Capital One Cup tie with Carlisle on penalties, returned to work as normal on Thursday and was the last senior member of the club’s coaching staff to leave their Melwood training base shortly before 6pm.
Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s Chief Executive, had spent part of the afternoon at Melwood – he now has an office there, as well one in the city centre – but that was not an indication that Rodgers was about to receive the news that FSG want to go in a different direction.
It has been widely reported that Rodgers has three Premier League games to turn things around although dfeat to FC Sion in the Europa League next week would cast another light. Liverpoo, face Aston Villa at home before tough away games at Everton and Spurs
Many will wonder why FSG are prepared to act now, given there seemed to be a natural opportunity to make a break after Liverpool were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke on the final day of last season and especially after £80million was invested on new players in the summer.
Rodgers will be without the two men who took up 75 per cent of that expenditure against Aston Villa on Saturday – Christian Benteke, the £32.5million striker, has damaged his hamstring and £29million Brazil international Roberto Firmino has injured his back.
Rodgers remains favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club despite the plight Newcastle United find themselves in. Owner Mike Ashley is not know for pressing the trigger and despite being bottom of the table Steve McClaren's job looks safe for now.