Liverpool could be forced to pay Brendan Rodgers £10million in compensation after Fenway Sports Group decided to sack him eight games into the season, reports the Telegraph.
A 1-1 draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby was not enough to save the Irishman. He was dismissed on Sunday evening just hours after the final whistle blew at Goodison Park.
Rodgers had just under three years remaining on a contract signed in May 2014. Having just seen Liverpool go within a whisker of winning the Premier League title, FSG made no provisions for terminating his new contract early.
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The Liverpool owners have claimed that the decision to dismiss Rodgers was made before Sunday's game against Everton, but they now face paying the remainder of his £5m-a-year deal up front.
Legal officials at Anfield are preparing an attempt to lower the final amount with the same report claiming that they hope to pay Rodgers £7m instead of the £10m he is owed.
A costly decision
The 42-year-old has performance-related clauses in his contract, meaning failure to, for example, finish in the top four could have led to a significantly reduced compensation package.
However, the club's negotiating position has been weakened by their decision to sack Rodgers so early into the season.
The performance clauses are only activated at the end of the campaign, meaning Rodgers can demand every penny.
Rodgers is in no rush to take a new job and will wait to settle his termination fee with Liverpool before considering offers.