EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Liverpool have drawn up a shortlist to replace Brendan Rodgers as they begin weighing up alternatives to their under-fire manager, Football Insider sources understand.
Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are believed to be among the Merseyside club’s top targets.
Rodgers is under growing pressure at Anfield because of the team’s deepening slump, with the team only scraping home against League Two side Carlisle on Wednesday night on penalties.
Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group are publicly backing Rodgers but privately are ready to start sounding out alternative candidates.
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The Merseyside club moved on Wednesday morning to reject claims they have already approached Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently taking a break from management, about his availability.
However, Rodgers is clinging on to his job following the team’s dismal start to the new season.
Supporters jeered the team at Anfield on Wednesday for the second consecutive match and Rodgers ducked his post-match press conference, leaving assistant Gary McAllister to front up.
Ancelotti, who was axed by Real Madrid in June, is understood to be an outside bet for the Liverpool post but Klopp is understood to be interested in a Premier League position.
Football Insider revealed last week that Klopp has been advised to keep a close eye on Liverpool’s matches as he prepares for a return to management.
Klopp is keeping his options open about his future plans and sources have told Football Insider that his representatives have told him to closely monitor Liverpool among a number of teams during his break.
The Merseysiders approached Klopp in May to assess his interest in the Anfield position but were told he wanted to take a six-month break following the end of his seven-year Dortmund reign.