Carlo Ancelotti linked with Liverpool move, contact denied - five questions

Carlo Ancelotti press conference

Ancelotti has been linked with the manager's job at Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers coming under ever-increasing pressure at Anfield.

With the start of the season from Liverpool failing to calm any talk over the manager's future, the first reports regarding who could replace Brendan Rodgers in the managerial hotseat have emerged, with the Daily Mail suggesting that Rodgers' job is hanging by a thread and that Liverpool have contacted Carlo Ancelotti about replacing him.

A big name being linked with the job at Anfield is certainly going to make people sit up and take note. Ancelotti has a glittering CV, which sees him as joint record holder with Bob Paisley when it comes to managers who have won the European Cup, having won it on three occasions. He has delivered league titles at AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain, and Chelsea as well as spells in charge of Juventus and Real Madrid - where he won an historic 10th European Cup.

He's more successful than the current manager, and those calling for Rodgers' head right now will be wondering what the are club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, are waiting for. 

The claims have been subsequently denied, as reported by several Merseyside journalists on twitter:

But bearing the link itself in mind, here are five things to consider when discussing the possibility of the Italian taking over at Anfield.

When is the timing right?

The timing certainly doesn't seem right at the moment. As another piece from HITC Sport states, after seeing so many new players brought in during the transfer window, it would seem a little odd to dispense with the manager right now, and Liverpool's season certainly isn't over. If it were to deteriorate, however, and there was an appetite for a new man to get his feet under the table midway through the season to prepare for the next campaign and implement his ideas, then that would make a degree of sense.

What about FSG's judgement?

This is linked to the timing. If the club's owners were to pull the trigger now, then one has to fear for Liverpool and the judgement of their owners. They have backed Rodgers by paying big fees for the likes of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, though plenty of funds have been generated by the departures of Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez, but it's still an awful lot of money to let a manager spend who isn't going to last much longer in the job.

Would Ancelotti be given money to spend?

After the recent busy summer transfer windows, where a lot has been spent, would they be prepared to back someone else in the transfer market? One also has to factor in the continued maintenance and expansion of Anfield, which won't be coming cheap and can have some effect on the club's spending power. It's hard to imagine that the Italian will want to come to Liverpool without making changes to the squad himself. 

Is it too soon for him to return to management?

After he left the Bernabeu in the summer, he said he was taking a sabbatical, and even turned down a potential return to AC Milan, with the Daily Mail also reporting that he intended to have a back operation. One would think he'd need a longer timescale for recuperation than the couple of months he has had so far.

Is he the man to deliver the club's holy grail, and what happens when he hits trouble?

He certainly has the pedigree to make people believe that he can be the man to deliver the club's first league title since 1990. But one only has to look at the recent managers who took Liverpool close to the title to see how things can go wrong. Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, and Rodgers himself have all suffered a hangover from the disappointment of missing out - such is the scale of the task in dragging the Reds into a race for English football's top prize. Ancelotti may not come close, he could just win it, but if he runs into trouble after coming close, would his credit be used up quickly as well?

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