The odds were strangely slashed last night on Jurgen Klopp becoming the next Liverpool manager. That’s despite Brendan Rodgers assurances that his job is ‘150 per cent’ secure ahead of showdown talks next week.
As the Daily Mirror reports, Rodgers is set to endure an in-depth review of the club’s performance, following this weekend’s final game of the season away to Stoke, where some tough questions will be asked about his failure to deliver the minimum aim of a top four finish.
He certainly won’t be feeling any more at ease after learning that Klopp, who has already confirmed that he’ll be leaving Dortmund at the end of the season, saw his odds cut from 5/1 to 2/1 with SkyBet on Saturday.
Dortmund finished their league season this weekend by snatching a Europa League place, despite being bottom of the table in January. Their campaign will now conclude with the German Cup final, which takes place next Saturday.
Klopp has refused to talk to potential new employers thus far, but the Mirror clearly believe that the imminent conclusion to Dortmund’s season could mean that we start to see some changes in that stance soon.
Rodgers was all smiles during his press conference on Friday. Asked if he had the backing of our owners he replied: “Yeah, yeah. 150 per cent.
“I think you evolve as a manager. Certainly the experiences of this year will make me better. We have been clear with the identity of how we want to play since I’ve been here and obviously it hasn’t quite worked out this season as I would have liked.
“But going forward, I repeat, I will be a better manager for the experiences and hopefully go on next year to be more consistent and we can win more games than we have.”
However, it now looks to be a two-horse race between Rodgers and Klopp for the Liverpool hot-seat next season. Until the enigmatic German finds another job, this one certainly looks as if it could run and run, so perhaps we need our owners to come out and make a decisive statement either way. Next week’s meeting should reveal a lot more.