Odds slashed on Jurgen Klopp taking over as Liverpool manager

The German coach is expected to be in demand this summer and the Reds are now bookies favourites. The popular German coach left Dortmund on Saturday having guided them to the Europa League – a remarkable feat considering they were bottom of the Bundesliga in January. ‘Kloppo’ had refused to talk to other teams until he was out of the door at the Westfalenstadion but on the same night he left, speculation heightened about Liverpool contacting the eccentric coach.

His departure was the subject of an incredible tifo tribute from The Yellow Wall, but just as Klopp exited Dortmund his odds began to tumble on a Premier League switch.

Having previously been 5/1, Klopp’s price ditched sharply to 2/1 with SkyBet late on Saturday night.

And those odds make Anfield his most likely destination, placing question marks over Brendan Rodgers’ future.

The Northern Irishman has endured a tough season on Merseyside but this week declared he was “150 per cent” sure he would be in charge at Anfield next season.

Following the final game of the season at Stoke on Sunday, he will be asked to contribute to an in-depth review of the club’s performance, where some tough and searching questions will be asked about his role in the failure to deliver the stated aim of a top four finish.

Asked if he feels reassured co-owners John Henry and Tom Werner will stick by him and ask him to lead the club next season following that review, Rodgers 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.”

Rodgers will sit down with director Mike Gordon in the coming week for the first of a series of meetings that will review not only performance on and off the pitch, but the club’s structures.

Meetings will continue over several days, and Rodgers will also speak with both Henry and Werner as they take a broader look at the whole structure in terms of recruitment and management.

While that suggests there will be some changes – most notably to the much maligned transfer committee – the manager insisted there is no prospect of a doom laden inquiry.

“There is probably a lot more made of that than what it actually is – there have been a number of reviews,” he said. “Throughout the season I’ve had great communication with the owners. I’ll speak with them at the end of the season – like I did last year, like I did at the end of my first year, and like I’ve done intermittently throughout the season. There is no Great Big Review.”

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