Liverpool have approached former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti about the possibility of replacing Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
The news is reported in the Daily Mail, after similar such murmurings were widespread across social media on Tuesday.
The Mail’s Neil Ashton writes:
Ancelotti, who won the European Cup with AC Milan and Real Madrid, has been approached to take over from Rodgers after Liverpool’s poor start to the season.
It is understood Rodgers retains the support of some decision makers at Liverpool, but his job is now hanging by a thread after Ancelotti was contacted about his position.
— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) October 21, 2014
Italian website Calciomercatoweb has also reported the approach for Ancelotti.
The Twiiter feed of @LFCGlobe claims that Ancelotti is FSG’s first choice option, saying that any move is “Nowhere near imminent, but he’s the first choice should BR walk.”
Ancelotti has previously been quoted speaking of his admiration for Liverpool:
I’ve followed Liverpool since 1984 after facing them with Roma in the European Cup Final, when we lost on penalties.
It’s always been a club that excites me. The “You’ll Never Walk Alone” they sing is incredible. Nobody sings an anthem like Liverpool fans.
Tomorrow, before the game, I’m going to go out onto the pitch early because I want to hear them sing it.
I’m so excited… sometimes I look for it on the internet and put it on for my friends. It’s something really unique, seriously.
I remember when we played them in Istanbul [in the Champions League Final] and we were winning 3-0 at the break.
There were 45,000 Liverpool fans in the ground singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” for 10 minutes. It was incredible and for an Italian it was a shock.
Ancelotti left Madrid despite a 75% win ratio and guiding Real to the Champions League title for the first time in 12 years.
The 55-year-old would bring a wealth of experience, something which is hugely lacking at Liverpool FC currently.
Ancelotti is now 2/1 to be the next permanent Liverpool boss, with Klopp at 6/4.