EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers amid fears that Chelsea could make a move for their No1 target Jurgen Klopp, Football Insider sources understand.
The Merseysiders are in talks with Klopp and want to appoint him as Rodgers’ successor later this week.
The timing of Rodgers’s dismissal in the wake of the club’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday was partly motivated by fears that Klopp’s availability could be of interest to Chelsea.
As revealed by Football Insider, Jose Mourinho’s position as manager has been discussed by the Chelsea hierarchy following the team’s terrible start to the season.
Although Mourinho is secure for now and retains the support of owner Roman Abramovich, there is a growing possibility that he could be axed if does not arrest the team’s decline after the international break.
Klopp is a manager in demand after letting it be known that he is keen to coach in the Premier League and is willing to curtail his sabbatical, which began when he stepped down as Borussia Dortmund manager in May.
The 48-year-old German’s camp have made it clear that he is interested in Liverpool and discussions will continue between the two parties in the coming days after the Merseysiders made their initial approach last week.
However, Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group are aware that Klopp was also a target for Chelsea in 2012 before Roberto Di Matteo was handed the manager’s position on a permanent basis following his successful caretaker spell.
FSG president Mike Gordon wanted to make the path clear for Klopp at Anfield by removing Rodgers and the decision to axe him was made at the end of last week and irrespective of the result of Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
FSG have pledged to make a “decisive and timely” decision in the search for a replacement for Rodgers, and the aim is for the successor to be in place in time for Liverpool’s next fixture away to Tottenham on 17 October.