Brendan Rodgers faces the sack if Liverpool lose the Merseyside derby to Everton, according to national newspaper reports on Sunday.
Rodgers retained the faith of Fenway Sports Group despite Liverpool finishing sixth in the Premier League last season, but a poor start to the new campaign has led to serious questions being asked of the Northern Irishman.
Now, the Sunday People claims defeat for the Reds at Goodison Park on Sunday could spell the end for Rodgers, with FSG apparently seeing the international break as the ideal time to change managers if necessary.
Club sources are ‘keen to point out that a Liverpool win could change the picture entirely’ for Rodgers, but FSG intend to ‘take stock of his three years in charge’ irrespective of the result, according to the Sun on Sunday.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will be considered as a possible replacement for Rodgers, alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp, the newspaper adds.
If Liverpool do decide to dispense of Rodgers’ services, he is apparently in line for a £7.3million pay-off.
Despite the newspaper claims and obvious window presented by the international break, it would still come as something of a surprise were FSG to sack Rodgers so early in the season.
Knee-jerk reactions are certainly not FSG’s forte, and financially it would make little sense to sack Rodgers so soon after allowing him to spend over £80million in the summer, assuming, of course, that it was Rodgers calling the shots in the transfer window. Another manager would likely mean another squad overhaul and more money lost – and yet more transition.
If FSG wanted to make a change, they would have made it in the summer. Having backed Rodgers then, it seems unlikely they will pull the trigger now.