Brendan Rodgers would still have been sacked if Liverpool had won at Everton, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim that ‘FSG decided last week that change was needed, but they didn’t want to disrupt preparations for the derby’.
Rodgers had allegedly returned to Melwood after the uninspiring 1-1 draw for his usual debrief with Mike Gordon, the president of Fenway Sports Group.
But instead of yet another discussion about his side being a work in progress, Gordon told Rodgers that the club had decided to replace him as manager.
The Mail says that ‘Rodgers took the news with dignity’. As opposed to lying on the floor, kicking his legs and screaming, presumably.
Rodgers had said after the game at Goodison: “In all my time, it (reaching the top four) has been an internal ambition but it has never been said by the club. We did that against the odds a couple of years ago. We lost quality and will have to rebuild. I’ve never been asked or told to deliver that by anyone at the club since I came in.”
Rodgers’ successor – likely to be Jurgen Klopp – will surely be expected to deliver a top-four place as Chelsea’s capitulation has left the door open; Liverpool are just three points adrift of a Champions League place.