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Liverpool Owners Draw Up Shortlist Of Potental Replacements for Manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool are already planning for life without Brendan Rodgers…

Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, are believed to be drawing up a list of managerial candidates capable of replacing Brendan Rodgers, as they prepare for life without their current boss.

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Reports on Goal.com claim that the club’s American overseers have begun to lose faith in Rodgers, following a miserable start to the new season in both the Premier League and the Champions League.

Rodgers spent £117m in a summer spree which included the signings of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli, but has still struggled to accommodate the loss of star player Luis Suarez.

According to sources involved in the process, potential successors have been contacted to assess their suitability for, and interest in, the position. The approach is described as ‘very informal’.

Rodgers was rewarded with an improved four-year contract after overseeing a wholly unexpected second-place finish last season, but John W Henry and co are not afraid of making a change should it be needed.

FSG are expected to appoint a young, forward thinking coach. Roberto Martinez is a man they greatly admire, and was believed to among their candidates back in 2012, but his loyalty to Everton means that such a deal would be highly unlikely.

Andre Villas-Boas – who has led Zenit St Petersburg to an eight-point advantage at the summit of the Russian Premier League – was also short listed two years ago, but is not keen on coaching in England again.

FSG have been impressed by Jurgen Klopp’s achievements at Borussia Dortmund and are well aware that he has begun positioning himself for a job in England.

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