English Premier League: Liverpool sacks manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool should steer clear of Jurgen Klopp and appoint Carlo Ancelotti as the club’s next manager, according to former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy.


Rodgers, who met with close ally Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s chief executive, after receiving the phone call from the United States in the wake of Sunday’s draw in the Merseyside derby, is understood to have taken the decision with dignity – which partly suggests he had half expected what was coming. I’ve got a feeling that he would be the flawless fit for them.

“It’s a hard job now at Liverpool getting them back into the top four”.

Meanwhile, O’Driscoll, 58, who managed the Robins in January 2013 but was sacked in November of the same year, joined Liverpool in July after leaving his post as England Under-19 boss.

A decision is yet to be made on the future of Rodgers’ coaching staff – assistant boss Sean O’Driscoll and coach Gary McAllister, with Pepijn Lijnders promoted from the academy to work on player development – who were only brought in this summer. Maybe his tactical tinkering went too far at times, but he was a proactive manager at a club battling to find something different to keep pace with the modern-day heavyweights of the Premier League.

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“I think he could walk into Anfield and the fans would like that”. It’s part of the job and I just take it as a compliment and shows that you’re doing your job properly.

“I think he was unlucky not to win the Premiership”. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors but I was surprised.

“He’s got all the credibility, he’s a fantastic man-manager”.

Liverpool also contacted Carlo Ancelotti as Rodgers’s regime became increasingly mired in poor results and insipid performances but the Italian is 56 – eight years older than Klopp – and is believed to want a club that require rather less reconstruction than Liverpool.

“I can’t believe that”.

“I always thought of sacking someone so early in the season as something clubs like Newcastle or Tottenham do – so I don’t like that – but there was a sense of inevitability about it in the end. Their statement said they were going to act decisively and timely, which says to me they have been in touch with someone who has said yes they will come but it has to be now”.

Klopp is now 1/3 odds-on favourite with to be named as the next Liverpool manager.


Suarez and Daniel Sturridge helped them score over 100 goals, but a costly slip by captain Steven Gerrard in a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea left the team agonizingly short. There was the disastrous signing of Mario Balotelli previous year, a semifinal loss in the FA Cup to Aston Villa was underscored by a 1-5 record to end the Premier League season, including a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Stoke.

Jamie Carragher