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Report: Klopp the Favorite to Become Liverpool Manager if Rodgers is Dismissed

The expectation remains that Brendan Rodgers will remain Liverpool manager into next season, but a report in the Sunday Times suggests that if a change is made this summer, Jurgen Klopp is the frontrunner.

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There is still a notable amount of nothingness taking place, but the next few weeks promises to offer a degree of somethings that could range from status quo to sea change. Transfers are always an unpredictable process, but the club are reportedly hoping to get a few deals done early, and in the early part of this coming week, it appears as though the uncertainty regarding the future of Brendan Rodgers will be cleared up.

Or not. But at least we know that Tom Werner is heading to Merseyside on Tuesday to demand answers, or at least ask for them while shifting his gaze uncomfortably and making lots of hand gestures. Brendan Rodgers will obviously be the focus of this discussion, as it will reportedly coincide with the scheduled end-of-season review that the manager will have with Mike Gordon, FSG president.

That process is one that will ultimately determine Rodgers' fate, and according  to those in the know, the ownership group is expected to allow the third-year boss to at least start his fourth year in charge. But there's been a change in the last few days, apparently, as Jonathan Northcroft from the Sunday Times is reporting that FSG are now considering alternatives should they decide to part ways with Rodgers.

It's likely that FSG have been considering alternatives for some time, as the manager himself noted back in the fall that his job was on the line after a disastrous run of results that culminated in the 3-1 loss at Crystal Palace. That they're doing so now--after another 3-1 loss to Palace, a 6-1 loss to Stoke City, and tanking form over the season's final two months that saw them eliminate themselves from Champions League qualification--shouldn't be surprising to anyone, nor should the first name on FSG's list that Northcroft mentions.

Jurgen Klopp is, of course, that name, cited as one of the leading candidates to come in as boss should Rodgers' position be deemed untenable. Klopp suffered a bitter farewell of his own on Saturday in the DFB Pokal Final, where his Dortmund side slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Wolfsburg, but he's reportedly willing to reconsider his planned hiatus if the Liverpool job is suddenly available.

Rodgers' review will take place as this "sounding out" occurs, so it would make sense that the evaluation of the current boss would run parallel to the evaluation of the man that could replace him, should he be interested. That adds another dimension to meetings that have begun to look increasingly dire for Brendan Rodgers.

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