Wednesday 22 November 2017

Brendan Rodgers to be confirmed as Liverpool manager in next 24 hours

SWANSEA manager Brendan Rodgers is meeting with Liverpool this afternoon as they seek to finalise the appointment of Kenny Dalglish's successor.

The clubs are currently discussing compensation for the 39 year-old, with Swansea likely to receive a payment of between £4m and £5m.

It is also understood that Liverpool will not now be appointing a director of football.

Reports had suggested the club were seeking to install a high-profile figure such as Johan Cruyff or Louis van Gaal, as well as a manager, but it appears Rodgers will be in sole control.

Wigan's Roberto Martinez had been the long-time front-runner for the Anfield job, but Rodgers' recent return from a short trip to New York cast doubt on the theory that a decision had already been made in the Spaniard's favour.

Rodgers's appointment at Anfield could now be made in the next 24 hours.

Rodgers, 39, met with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins at the Liberty Stadium yesterday in what the club claimed was a routine.

However, Liverpool's interest had not been dampened by an initial rebuff from Rodgers, who had made it clear he did not wish to be part of an extended long list and drawn out process of application and interview and he had remained John Henry, the Liverpool owner's thoughts.

There has been no official comment from either Liverpool or Swansea but once the formalities have been concluded the Northern Irishman is set to be unveiled as Dalglish's successor this week.

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