Tom Werner heads to Merseyside as odds shorten on Brendan Rodgers getting the sack

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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner will arrive on Merseyside this week to hold talks with manager Brendan Rodgers.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 18, 2014: Liverpool's owner John W. Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti before the Premiership match against Aston Villa at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

UPDATE: The original report by BBC Sport’s Ben Smith claimed John Henry would be joining Werner, he has since explained this is not the case.


Rodgers, who was appointed three years ago today, is under pressure following a disappointing 2014/15 season which saw him fail to deliver on any of his three targets for the season; a top four finish, a domestic trophy, and progress from the group stages in the Champions League.

Initial reports had suggested that FSG and Liverpool director Michael Gordon would be the man to discuss Rodgers’ future at the club, but it was reported over the weekend that Werner would be heading to Merseyside.

BBC Sport reported on Monday afternoon that Henry will also be joining Werner on Merseyside for the talks.

BBC’s Ben Smith writes that “The Americans are expected in the city on Tuesday and are due to meet their manager as part of his end-of-season review on Wednesday.

“Sources close to Werner and Henry have consistently played down suggestions Rodgers’ job is under immediate threat.”

The question, of course, is if Rodgers’ job was safe, why exactly would Henry and/or Werner fly across from Boston to Merseyside for face-to-face talks?

Henry has been conspicuous by absence at Anfield in recent years, with Gordon taking on more and more of a role in the running of the club, alongside chief executive Ian Ayre.

Henry’s last visit to Anfield was back in February – his only one of the season – when he took in the early days of the new Main Stand expansion.

Odds on Rodgers being sacked have been cut this week. The Independent explain that “a surge of bets on the current Liverpool manager being sacked earlier today saw his odds slashed from 11/8 to 5/6 to go by one bookmaker.”

Jurgen Klopp remains the bookies favourite to replace Rodgers, despite seemingly indicating that he will take a break after managing his final game with Dortmund on Sunday.

With fans growing restless at the situation, we should have clarification on the Reds’ future this week.

Update: The Liverpool Echo claim Henry won’t be heading to Merseyside but Werner will.

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