EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool chiefs set to meet Jurgen Klopp
By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Liverpool chiefs are set to meet Jurgen Klopp for preliminary managerial talks, Football Insider understands.
The Merseysiders want to discuss Klopp’s interest in taking over at Anfield as they consider alternative managerial candidates.
The 47-year-old German already has an offer on the table from Wolfsburg and is also on the radar of Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month that Liverpool had made an approach for Klopp, who has announced he will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season
The Merseysiders are keen to speak to Klopp amid growing doubts over the future of Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool will review Rodgers’ position at the end of the season as part of a thorough assessment of all areas of the club, including the first-team squad, the coaching staff and the much-debated transfer committee.
The spotlight has fallen on the manager in the wake of a season that will end trophy-less and most likely without the team achieving their minimum objective of a top-four Premier League finish.
American owners Fenway Sports Group will assess Rodgers’ performance later this month and could even take the step of sacking the Northern Irishman after three years at the helm.
It was reported in the wake of the club’s FA Cup exit that Rodgers’ position was secure but Football Insider understands that no decision has yet been made by the owners.
Boston-based FSG will consider whether the current manager has made the most of the squad at his disposal this season and will take into account key factors such as the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the injuries that have robbed Rodgers of Daniel Sturridge for much of the campaign.
The owners could also make some changes in how Liverpool recruit players this summer.
Even if Rodgers gets the opportunity to continue at Anfield for a fourth season, one possibility is that the six-man transfer committee could be revamped or FSG might even appoint a director of football, something Rodgers has opposed in the past.