Reports: Liverpool deny Carlo Ancelotti approach

Liverpool have denied approaching Carlo Ancelotti to replace under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers.

There were reports circulating that the former Real Madrid manager had been contacted about taking over on Merseyside by Liverpool owners FSG.

However, the club has firmly disputed the stories with sources suggesting such a move would be completely out of character with the way the Americans have run things to date.

Rodgers has made a poor start to the season and a 1-1 draw with Norwich on Sunday has put his team under greater scrutiny.

The Northern Irishman is preparing his side to face Carlisle in the League Cup third round on Wednesday and anything but a convincing win would put him under further pressure.

Ancelotti went on sabbatical after he was sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season. The Italian led Real to their 10th European Cup and also managed Chelsea between 2009 and 2011, winning the Double with them.