Gossip column: Rodgers sacked, Klopp, Ancelotti

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Liverpool will appoint their next manager within a week of Sunday's sacking of Brendan Rodgers. (Mirror)

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Jurgen Klopp is the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Rodgers

Rodgers was told of the decision over the phone by Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon after the 1-1 draw with Everton. (Independent)

The Reds will open discussions with former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp in the next few days. (Telegraph)

Klopp has already agreed a three-year deal and will bring Zeljko Buvac, his assistant at Dortmund, with him. (Pravda via Daily Star)

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti flew to London from Italy on Sunday, but Klopp remains the favourite to take over at Anfield. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool are also considering former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo as Rodgers's replacement. (Sky Italia, via Metro)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed sympathy for Rodgers, describing the Northern Irishman as "a quality manager". (Sky Sports)

Before sacking Rodgers, Liverpool had already prepared a five-bedroom house in Formby for the arrival of a "special guest". (The Sun - subscription required)

Other gossip

Jose Mourinho survived a crisis meeting at Chelsea after owner Roman Abramovich spent hours at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening with other members of Chelsea's hierarchy, holding an inquest into the club's poor start to the season. (Mirror)

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The Sun also leads on Liverpool's pursuit of German Klopp

Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed Phil Jagielka as the best "English centre-half of the past 12 months" after his performance in the draw against Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)

Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been named the favourite to take charge at Sunderland after the departure of Dick Advocaat. (Sunderland Echo)

Alternatively, Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the man Sunderland want to replace Advocaat and the Black Cats hope to have him in place by the end of the week. (Daily Star)

However, Dyche is not interested in the job but former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson would be open to the role. (The Sun - subscription required)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a £14m January bid for Celta Vigo's 28-year-old Spanish striker Nolito. (Mirror)

Manchester United have been urged to 'stop sending in offers' for Germany's 26-year-old Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller. (Bild via Daily Express)

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is adamant he will be given the time he needs to turn Newcastle United's fortunes around. (Shields Gazette)

Best of social media

Everton midfielder James McCarthy felt the Merseyside derby should have gone in his side's favour and tweeted:

James McCarthy

Stoke's Spanish striker Bojan took a trip to Spain with friends to watch the derby between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.


And finally...

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the bookies' favourite to take the Liverpool job. (Racing Post)

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