Frank de Boer would "seriously consider" replacing Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager, according to the Ajax Amsterdam boss' brother Ronald, who assured the Merseyside club that history would not repeat itself after his twin rejected a job offer from Anfield two years ago.
The Daily Mail carries quotes from the Dutch football legend that will give encouragement to Kop fans growing increasingly frustrated with the under-par performances being delivered by their team this season.
Rodgers has been the target for criticism following a disastrous start to the 2014/15 campaign which has left Liverpool languishing in eleventh place in the Premier League table with just six wins from their opening 16 games.
Their latest harrowing defeat came against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, as goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie made it the worst possible end to a miserable week which also saw the Reds crash out of the Champions League after recording a 1-1 draw with FC Basel last Tuesday.
Liverpool knew that victory in their final Group B game would secure second spot behind Real Madrid and confirm progress to the knockout stage of Europe's elite club competition, but despite a late Steven Gerrard-inspired fightback were unable to overcome their Swiss opponents who advanced at the English club's expense.
Any ill-feeling that was already amongst the undeniably vocal set of Reds supporters is unlikely to have been allayed any further, particularly after another futile performance against Manchester United at the weekend.
The manner of the defeat will be the most disappointing aspect as Liverpool's players rolled over and accepted defeat almost as soon as the first goal went in courtesy of Rooney as early as the twelfth minute.
"If Liverpool come now he [Frank de Boer] would certainly think about it" - Ronald de Boer
A number of questionable decisions might also come back to haunt Rodgers after the Northern Irishman chose to replace under-fire goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with his even more inept deputy Brad Jones, and also opted to start the game without a recognised striker, leaving Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert both on the bench in favour of deploying Raheem Sterling in a more central attacking role.
If rumours about Rodgers' possible sacking hadn't already intensified enough they will certainly have escalated further after Ronald de Boer's latest comments which seemingly put his sibling - who has won four consecutive Eredivisie titles with Ajax - in the frame for the Liverpool job.
"If Liverpool come now he would certainly think about it," the 44-year-old told Fox Sports. "He would certainly not close the door immediately, like he did two years ago."
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