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Liverpool deny approaching Carlo Ancelotti to replace Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is under pressure after a stuttering start to the season. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is under pressure after a stuttering start to the season. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Liverpool have denied approaching Carlo Ancelotti about the possibility of succeeding manager Brendan Rodgers.

Reports claimed the veteran Italian, a Champions League winner with Milan and Real Madrid, had been sounded out by Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, about taking over at Anfield. However, that was dismissed by the club, with sources suggesting such a move would be out of character with the way the Americans have operated to date.

Rodgers survived a robust end of season review after a dismal finale to a campaign which reached its nadir with the 6-1 humbling at Stoke City on the final day.

Having retained the backing of FSG – despite losing his assistant manager and close friend Colin Pascoe and coach Mike Marsh in an enforced backroom shake-up – he was then given the best part of £80m to spend on new signings, paying £32.5m for his primary target, Christian Benteke, and a potential £29m for Roberto Firmino.

Neither have found their feet so far and Rodgers is still searching for his best XI and formation having switched from 4-3-3 to 3-4-1-2 in Sunday’s home draw with Norwich.

But despite a stuttering start to this season – they have not won in their last five matches – leaving them 13th in the Premier League, they are only four points off fourth place, which remains the minimum target for Rodgers.

Liverpool host League Two side Carlisle United in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday looking to end their poor run. –the guardian-


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