With the start to Brendan Rodgers' fourth season in charge of Liverpool going about as poorly as his third ended and the team looking aimless and without a plan, questions about the manager's future are inevitable. Rodgers has been given another chance, one past managers like Kenny Dalglish and Rafa Benitez never had, and the results have so far been dire.
It doesn't help, either, that Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are available. Two far more proven managers and two managers who have in the past talked about their fondness for Liverpool Football Club. With Liverpool's owners having backed Rodgers, both financially and by giving him a reprieve following last season's misery, it's hardly a stretch to think both would be interested if the job was offered.
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Brendan Rodgers was given the kind of backing from Liverpool’s owners past managers could only have dreamed of. Now it appears a matter of when and not if he ends up sacked.
Liverpool may not be at the very top of the European game any more, yet they remain one of the game's top ten spenders and have a rabid global following, and with Rodgers, Fenway Sports Group have proven that they can be far more patient and supportive than many would expect a club at their level to be.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann is one of those who thinks Klopp would be a perfect fit. He also thinks had he been asked over the summer, the ex-Dortmund man would have jumped at the chance to manage Liverpool. Now, mid-season, he's not quite as certain of it, though he still sees the manager and club as being something of a perfect match.
"The pressure in Liverpool is bigger," Hamann told Sky Germany following Saturday's embarassing 3-1 loss to a poor Manchester United side that has struggled nearly as much as Liverpool to start the 2015-16 season. "The fans are on the barricades but [so far] the coach has been backed by the club, and now the question is, would Klopp move there during the season?
"Had they asked him before the season, I'm 99% sure that he would have joined them. Now, many people think that he will take over at Bayern [Munich] on July 1st, 2016, but I don't know whether he would be a good fit there, and he'd be a great fit at Liverpool."
Klopp remains on sabbatical and has said he wants to take a year away from football following a difficult final season with Dortmund. However, he has hinted through his agent that he could be swayed by the right project with a club just below the very top tier of the European game and that he would be most comfortable in England or Germany due to language issues.