It’s a strangely quiet Sunday in the world of the Liverpool FC rumour mill, but there is the first report from a British newspaper to put Brendan Rodgers’ future in question.
Thus far, all the British journalists have insisted that Brendan Rodgers’ future is not on the agenda at the club’s post-season review, which according to some reports will take place this coming week.
However, The Sunday Times report that “Liverpool are exploring alternatives to Brendan Rodgers, adding to uncertainty about whether the manager will survive an end-of-season review.”
Jonathan Northcroft writes that Rodgers has a “significant chance” of remaining in charge, but that Liverpool’s hierarchy have explored other options, namely Jurgen Klopp.
The German boss has now left Borussia Dortmund after Saturday’s German Cup final, perhaps paving the way for discussions to now take place.
Meanwhile, The Express claim that chairman Tom Werner will fly to Merseyside this week to “demand answers about the club’s dismal end to the season which included a 6-1 last day defeat at Stoke.”
Again, though, they write that Rodgers is expected to survive the inquest.
It’s been a very quiet week in terms of actual statements from the club; there’s been no quotes from Rodgers himself, and none from any of the club’s hierarchy. At a time when most other clubs are producing end of season quotes from managers.
Have Liverpool been briefing that Rodgers will be staying, using this time to sound out other managers before the review? We should find out this week either way.
Elsewhere, The Mirror claim Liverpool are planning a bid for Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas should David De Gea make his move to Madrid as expected this summer.
Navas, 28, starred for Costa Rica at the World Cup last summer and reportedly has a £10.5 million release clause.
They claim that “neither Liverpool or Chelsea are ready to meet the £32.5 million escape clause written into the player’s contract.
“They would want to negotiate a much lower fee around the £20 million mark leading to a summer of haggling.”