Liverpool Football club yesterday confirmed that Brendan Rodgers has been sacked as the manager of the club.
With the replacement not yet announced, there are reports that Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Harry Redknapp are the frontrunners to replace the Northern Irishman at Anfield.
But, BBC Sport has confirmed that former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the first choice of the owners Fenway Sports Group.
The German is clearly a fan favourite of the Kops as they made banners ‘Klopp for Kop’ and twitter has flooded over the urge from them to bring the German in the Liverpool dugout.
“The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner,” said a Liverpool statement announcing the departure of Rodgers.
The Reds are owned by Fenway Sports Group and a joint statement from principal owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon said: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment.”
“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.”
“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.”
Rodgers lost the faith of the fans with the poor showing this season and a miserable last season and in the last few weeks the pressure has been mounting on the former Swansea manager.
Former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers did not get the freedom of dictating the transfer policy of the club during his time at Merseyside, having some unwanted players like Mario Balotelli forced upon him and denied other targets like Swansea City and Wales international Ashley Williams because they were deemed too old and not glamorous enough.
But a manager of Klopp’s stature will not welcome the idea of working under a transfer committee and with Bayern Munich also interested in him to replace Pep Guardiola next summer, he is in a pole position to negotiate terms.
The key decision-makers at Liverpool are Henry, chairman Tom Werner, Merseyside-based American director Mike Gordon and managing director Ian Ayre.
Klopp was brilliant with Borussia Dortmund in his seven seasons at Signal Iduna Park winning Bundesliga twice, DFB Pokal once, DFB Supercup twice and also finished as runners-up in UEFA champions League 2012-13.
He was awarded German Football Manager of the Year twice and also was runners up in FIFA World Coach of the Year in 2013.
Klopp is massively popular among the fans for his passion on the sidelines, determination and working well with a weaker team making them world class. He temporarily broke Bayern’s domination in Germany and also made some world class talents reach their potentials like Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa, Nuri Sahin and many more.