A 1-1 draw against local rivals Everton was not a bad result in itself for Liverpool, but it encapsulated an extremely disappointing last 18 months for Brendan Rodgers.
The 42-year-old was sacked from his post in the aftermath of the tie, bringing an end to his three year reign at Anfield.
“All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game,” A statement from Fenway Sports Group and principal owner John W Henry read.
“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.”
The red hot favourite to replace Rodgers is Jurgen Klopp. The former Borussia Dortmund boss has been on a sabbatical since leaving the Bundesliga side at the end of last season and has been heavily linked with a move to the Reds as speculation surrounding Rodgers increased.
Having previously stated his desire to work in the Premier League, Paddy Power are taking no chances with a potential appointment, offering just 4/7 (1.67) on the 48-year-old making the switch to Anfield. Recent reports had suggested that Klopp was ready to return to management and the Liverpool role, a project where there is signficant work to be done but also the resources to commit to it, looks a good fit.
Carlo Ancelotti is another high profile manager on the market and his price of 11/8 (2.38) suggests he too is worthy of consideration but punters are definitely putting their faith in the former Dortmund boss at this early stage.
Ajax’s Frank De Boer has often been linked with a switch to the Premier League and at 8/1 (9.0) he would be a potential contender under normal circumstances.
Realistically though, even with an international break now upon Europe’s top leagues, there is very little time to appoint a successor who is already in employment, especially one who has publically stated that he wouldn’t leave the Eredivise side in the middle of a season when linked with Premier League roles in the past.
Other names listed at this early stage include Walter Mazzarri (18/1), Jurgen Klinsmann (25/1) and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman (20/1).