Liverpool deny contacting Carlo Ancelotti…

Matt Stead

As we explained in the Gossip Column, we didn’t for one minute believe that Liverpool had contacted Carlo Ancelotti, but the club have now moved to deny those claims.

Reports on (the last bastion of footballing truth?) suggested that Liverpool had sounded out the former Real Madrid manager over replacing Brendan Rodgers, which did seem unlikely. It would also be a surprise if Ancelotti wanted the job after managing Real Madrid, but that’s another story.

Instead, the Daily Mirror say that FSG intend to persevere with Rodgers despite the club’s more start to the season. They placed their faith in him at the end of last season after allowing him to replace his backroom staff and spend £80m on new players.

Jurgen Klopp has long been the favourite to succeed Rodgers, but even he surely has eyes on something a little more glamorous, with Pep Guardiola leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Liverpool face Carlisle in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday before Aston Villa go to Anfield this weekend. Rodgers’ side have won five of their last 18 matches, and have scored four goals in six Premier League matches this season.