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Liverpool deny any approach for Carlo Ancelotti as pressure mounts on Rodgers

The Italian has been heavily linked with the struggling Merseyside club.

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LIVERPOOL HAVE THIS MORNING denied any approach has been made for Carlo Ancelotti after rumours circulated yesterday linking the Italian with the Merseyside club.

With pressure mounting on Brendan Rodgers, reports suggested that owners Fenway Sports Group have identified the 59-year-old as the perfect replacement.

After being sacked by Real Madrid in May, Ancelotti was contacted by former club AC Milan the following month but turned them down, claiming on social media that he needed to rest and recuperate.

Upon leaving the Spanish giants, he said his plan was to take a year off and have surgery on a troublesome back problem and he’s been true to his word – spending the majority of his time in Vancouver with his wife, who’s from the city.

But still, Ancelotti is available as is former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp and with Liverpool winless in five games and struggling in thirteenth place in the Premier League, the club’s owners would be minded to keep their options open.

It appears the ex-Milan and Juventus coach is the preferred choice and though the club has refuted reports they’ve reached out to Ancelotti, it would be short-sighted of them not to sound out his tentative interest, especially if FSG’s faith in Brendan Rodgers is wavering.

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