Liverpool FC is rumored to be honing in on a big-name candidate to take over for the fired Brendan Rodgers, with Jurgen Klopp possibly already in line to become the team's next manager.
This weekend, Liverpool fired Rodgers after an uninspired 1-1 draw in Merseyside. With Liverpool winning only one game since August, there had been rampant rumors that the club was ready to sack Rodgers, but the move reportedly came as a surprise to the coach.
Sky Sports reported that Rodgers didn't know he was going to be sacked and only found out in a phone call with the club's owners after the game ended.
Owner John W. Henry made the firing official in a statement on the Fenway Sports Group's website.
"We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment."Liverpool FC is already facing rumors about who they might target next, with sources telling Sky Sports that they are trying looking into both Klopp and Ancelotti.
"All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game."
"Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch."
"Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it."
"The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner."
As Liverpool's manager for the last three years, Rodgers at once looked like he would take the team to the promised land. In 2014, the club appeared to be on the verge of a title, but suffered a collapse at the end of the season.
The BBC also noted that a failed recruitment policy also led to Rodgers dismissal, with the team unable to hold onto its talent. Rodgers also presided over the "transfer committee" that decided the group's buying strategy, one that has led to more failure than success.
But still, despite rumors stretching back for the past few weeks that Liverpool FC would be firing Rodgers, the move came quicker than many expected --- and there could be a good reason. New rumors indicate that Liverpool FC may already be lined up with its next coach.
And here is the latest update on his replacement from @JamesPearceEcho: http://t.co/qdLr17mPSZ pic.twitter.com/0QBkNien5aThe Mirror reported that Jurgen Klopp has already given an indication that he would take the job, a change of course from his previous desire to stay away from coaching until next summer.
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) October 4, 2015
There are even rumors that Liverpool FC may have reached an agreement with Jurgen Klopp, with some U.K. news outlets reporting that the club is finalizing details on a three-year deal.
Reports in Bosnia say Klopp has signed a 3-year deal to replace Rodgers at Liverpool: http://t.co/Z5e0emjuY9 #lfc pic.twitter.com/3xtvuxx1AmWhile the team is solidly invested in bringing Klopp on board, other reports indicate that Liverpool is also working on backup plans. That likely includes talks with Carlo Ancelotti, who left Real Madrid this summer. The Mirror also indicated that the team could look into Frank De Boer, who reportedly comes highly recommended by Johann Cryuff, who has the ear of Liverpool's owners.
— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) October 4, 2015
The Liverpool FC rumors aren't likely to clarify anytime soon. Sources told Sky Sports that the club has yet to contact either Jurgen Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti, meaning that a new hire is not imminent.
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