Brendan Rodgers could be the first manager to cross the line in the Premier League sack race this season as a string of poor results surmounted in a score draw at home to Norwich at the weekend. According to The Guardian, Rodgers replacement is being sounded out as former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
No stranger to success and the pressure of big jobs, Ancelotti boasts three Champions League titles, has managed Real Madrid, Juventus and PSG and not to mention has won a Premier League and FA Cup double for Chelsea in 2010; the poisoned chalice that is becoming of the Liverpool job would certainly not be a role too big for the Italian.
Rodgers on the other hand, is starting to feel the pressure at Anfield, who, after a pretty impressive start to his career at Liverpool, has seen his well-known philosophy of free-flowing football fade away within the past two seasons.
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Another season of big spending and gap filling in the transfer market has left question marks over the Northern Irishman's position in charge. The purchase of Christian Benteke looks fruitful, and Joe Gomez looks like a good acquisition. However, the big Belgian forces Rodgers' side to play a different style when he is on the pitch.
Furthermore, Roberto Firmino's inability to kick start his Reds career shows early signs that it could be the same old story for Liverpool this time out.
On his last legs
Few remember that Rodgers was indeed fighting for his job at the tail end of last season after missing out on Champions League football and collecting only eight points from nine games. He faced an end of season review with the board, who subsequently put their faith in the former Swansea man again.
Short memories are often dangerous for Premier League managers, and Liverpool, having only scored four goals in their six Premier League games this season, and collecting eight points from their opening fixtures isn't great reading for Rodgers, and the board are breathing down his neck again.
Although Liverpool have ruled out any approach from the club for Ancelotti at this time, the bookies have quickly shortened their odds on the Italian replacing the Northern Irishman. Ancelotti's sabbatical after a sacking at the Bernabeu doesn't help that potentially his representatives are simply waiting for an offer to be tabled.
Another high-profile manager linked with the role and also 'having a break' from football is Jurgen Klopp who, prior to Rodgers buying himself some time last season, had been rumoured to take up the reins and is again back in the frame for a Premier League job.
Currently in 13th, Rodgers needs as much as his famed 'character' as possible as a big game with Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa approaches. Sherwood, who is also fighting for his job, could get away with a defeat this weekend against a better side. The difference is, for Rodgers, a win may still not be enough, as the draw of a much more decorated manager to Liverpool, may have already sealed his fate.
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