Liverpool make contact with Carlo Ancelotti as pressure mounts on Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers is fighting to save his Liverpool job after owners FSG sounded out Carlo Ancelotti about replacing him as manager.

Ancelotti, who won the European Cup with AC Milan and Real Madrid, has been approached to take over from Rodgers after Liverpool’s poor start to the season.

It is understood Rodgers retains the support of some decision-makers at Liverpool, but his job is now hanging by a thread after Ancelotti was contacted about his position. 

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Liverpool have made a shock move for former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti leaving Brendan Rodgers fighting to keep his job amid a poor start to the season

Liverpool have made a shock move for former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti leaving Brendan Rodgers fighting to keep his job amid a poor start to the season

The Reds are planning for life without Rodgers should results continue to slide

The Reds are planning for life without Rodgers should results continue to slide

Liverpool have picked up just two points from their last four games, including a draw against Norwich

Liverpool have picked up just two points from their last four games, including a draw against Norwich

Christian Benteke has scored two goals for the Reds since a summer move from Aston Villa

Christian Benteke has scored two goals for the Reds since a summer move from Aston Villa

Rodgers captured greeting Ancelotti before their Champions League clash at Anfield last year

Rodgers captured greeting Ancelotti before their Champions League clash at Anfield last year

Ancelotti has a wealth of experience across the continent and has also managed Chelsea 

The Italian lifts both the Premier League and FA Cup after Chelsea clinched both in 2010

The Italian lifts both the Premier League and FA Cup after Chelsea clinched both in 2010

ANCELOTTI'S CV 

Juventus

Intertoto Cup (1999)

AC Milan

Champions League (2003, 2007)

UEFA Super Cup (2003, 2007)

Serie A (2004)

Coppa Italia (2004)

Chelsea

Premier League (2010)

FA Cup (2010)

PSG 

Ligue 1 (2013)

Real Madrid

Champions League (2014)

UEFA Super Cup (2014)

World Club Cup (2014)

Copa del Rey (2014) 

Rodgers has made a poor start to the season and their latest result - a 1-1 draw with Norwich - has put the Liverpool manager under even greater scrutiny.

He is now 2-1 second favourite - behind Sunderland's Dick Advocaat - to be the next Premier League manager out of a job. 

The 3-0 Anfield defeat by West Ham, along with the loss at Manchester Uinted, have convinced FSG to consider alternatives.

Liverpool face 18-1 outsiders Carlisle in the Capital One Cup third round on Wednesday evening, but Rodgers’ position is under huge scrutiny after it emerged that FSG are already talking to potential replacements.

Ancelotti has a glittering CV and won the Double with Chelsea after joining them from AC Milan. 

He would need to be convinced that Liverpool is a viable proposition after a career of inheriting teams at their peak.

Ancelotti has always been a big admirer of the Reds, however. 

'I’ve followed Liverpool since 1984 after facing them with Roma in the European Cup Final, when we lost on penalties,' he said last year.

'It’s always been a club that excites me. The “You’ll Never Walk Alone” they sing is incredible. Nobody sings an anthem like Liverpool fans.' 

The Italian also managed Paris Saint-Germain to the French league title before landing his dream job with Real Madrid, where he won their historic 10th European Cup.

He opted for a sabbatical when he was sacked by Real at the end of last season and has been spending time between his homes in London and Vancouver.

But Ancelotti is a wanted man again and Liverpool want the Italian to succeed Rodgers after their failure to improve on last season’s dismal finish to the season.

Ancelotti throws the Champions League after AC Milan Liverpool in 2007
Milan also clinched the prize at Old Trafford in 2003

Ancelotti twice won the Champions League as manager of AC Milan (left in 2007 and right in 2003)

Ancelotti did however see Milan throw away a three-goal lead against Liverpool in the 2005 final

Ancelotti did however see Milan throw away a three-goal lead against Liverpool in the 2005 final

Ancelotti celebrates after Real Madrid beat Atletico in the 2014 Champions League in Lisbon

Ancelotti celebrates after Real Madrid beat Atletico in the 2014 Champions League in Lisbon

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