Liverpool suffered a complete humiliation on the final day of the Premier League season as Stoke City pumped six goals past Brendan Rodgers’ side, leading to renewed speculation about his future at Anfield.
Following this result at the Britannia Stadium, and Jurgen Klopp’s final game in charge of Borussia Dortmund, the odds on the coveted German replacing Rodgers as Liverpool manager have been slashed dramatically.
Klopp is now the clear favourite to be the next man to take the Liverpool job, with some bookmakers even making him as short as evens to make Merseyside his new home following his departure from Dortmund after seven years.
There was always set to be an inquest at Liverpool during the closed season after their failure to reach the top four or mount a challenge for the league title, and there will now be even more pressure on Rodgers to provide answers.
The pummelling at Stoke will have made this task even tougher, while the availability of a manager of Klopp’s quality creates even more problems for Rodgers, who saw his side finish sixth - eight points from the Champions League spots.
Liverpool’s owners have, however, demonstrated much patience during their time in charge and have a more measured approach than many of their rivals. Rodgers may have been out on his ear before the end of the season had different owners been at Anfield.
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