A British newspaper is today reporting that Liverpool FC have made contact with Carlo Ancelotti, but the club have moved to deny the story.
A run of poor results has put pressure on existing manager Brendan Rodgers, now in his fourth season at the club.
So far this season, the team have eight points from a possible 18 in the Premier League and have managed to score just four goals.
The Daily Mail reports that management at the club are now exploring the possibility of replacing Rodgers with Ancelotti, who previously managed current Premier League champions Chelsea.
Rumour-mill into overdrive this morning, Ancelotti now into 5/1 to become the next Liverpool manager, Klopp at 6/4. http://t.co/TImPZ0qA2d— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 23, 2015
The Italian is currently on a sabbatical from management, after leaving Real Madrid at the end of the 2014/15 season.
— OnlyBuilt4CubanLinx (@Anfield_RoadL4) September 23, 2015
He has had a trophy-laden career since winning the Intertoto Cup with Juventus in 1999, including winning the Premier League with Chelsea and the Champions League with both AC Milan and Real Madrid.
In the past hour, Liverpool have denied making any contact with Ancelotti, but that has done little to quell the rumours.
#LFC adamant that they have not made an approach to Carlo Ancelotti. FSG still backing Brendan Rodgers.— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 23, 2015
Liverpool have denied making an approach to Carlo Ancelotti.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) September 23, 2015
The Klopp talk has been going on for months and hardly anyone has said anything about Ancelotti but the club felt the need to comment...😏— 🖐Mentality Giants☝️ (@RedsOrDead) September 23, 2015
The club aren't likely to admit speaking with Ancelotti. Would imagine Brendan could take legal action against them. I find the fact that— Jason Roberts (@Ja5onRoberts) September 23, 2015
Today’s stories only serve to add pressure to Rodgers, whose side take on Carlisle tonight in the Capital One Cup.