After a less than satisfactory beginning to the season, the Liverpool hierarchy may have just run out of patience with Brendan Rodgers.
Radio station Talksport spoke with Liverpool-based journalist Graham Beecroft about the situation and he understands that the Fenway Sports Group, who own the club, have already decided Rodgers will be replaced.
This decision was apparently made even before Liverpool’s unconvincing penalty shootout win over fourth-tier Carlisle United this week.
“John W Henry would have looked at that performance and thought, ‘this is not good enough and a change has to be made’, and I understand that is going to happen,” Beecroft told Talksport.
“In fact, the club board were split in what to do with Brendan Rodgers, but the power base in Boston decided before this game they were going to make the change.
“This result will simply have reinforced the fact they feel they have to do that.”
Should Liverpool axe the Northern Irishman, it will likely be down to a decline in performances of late, which has seen the Reds pick up just two points in four league games contrasting with their early-season wins over Bournemouth and Stoke respectively. Losing to Manchester United in the midst of this poor spell will have also irked fans who expect a raised level of performance against their most bitter of rivals.
This revelation will now send the rumour mill around Rodgers’ potential successors into overdrive. Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are the names on the lips of most at present but Beecroft has ruled out the former Borussia Dortmund boss as the next manager.
“One thing I can tell you is that Jurgen Klopp will not be the next Liverpool manager,” Beecroft told Talksport on Thursday.
The only hope the 42-year-old has of holding onto his position is if the likes of rumoured targets of the stature of Ancelotti turn down the position, but even then Beecroft can’t see Rodgers staying for a long time.
“Unless something happens, whereby Ancelotti says no, that will be the only thing that will save Brendan, and even then, he would only stay in the short term.”
If Beecroft is to be believed, the writing may now firmly be on the wall for Rodgers.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena