This summer, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini could very well vacate his duties as the reigning champion’s head man.
Pellegrini’s crew is in danger of bowing out of Champions League play earlier than the board wants, and faces a challenge to jump Chelsea at the top of the league table.
With a large a portion of the year left, Pellegrini’s departure is no sure thing, while rumors have surfaced current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could serve as a replacement for the Sky Blues.
The Northern Irishman, as cool as ever, shrugged off this possibility and is focused on creating his own trophy-winning history at Anfield.
“That doesn’t distract me,” he said of the City link. “I chose to come to Liverpool because I hoped I could be here for many years. The speculation is just the nature of football I think. I remember earlier this season playing Ludogorets away and as I walked off I saw a banner that said ‘Rodgers Out’ so I never get too carried away. I always have that in the back of my mind, although it was near the dug-out and wasn’t someone with the away supporters.
“As long as the people here at Liverpool, the board, the supporters and the players are ultimately happy with the work, I would love to be here for as long as I can.”
Rodgers was the figurehead, along with Luis Suarez, behind his squad’s excellent second-place standing at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Many had began to speculate that Liverpool would definitely fail to match themselves without Suarez, and others vehemently doubted their capacity to slide into a Champions League qualification slot.
Rodgers has helped usher Liverpool back into Champions League contention after a tumultuous start partially owed to the persisting injury of striker Daniel Sturridge.
The Reds, now unbeaten in all league contests since the dawn of 2015, sits in fifth place currently, and one has to think of the legacy Rodgers wants. At City, he would have more resources at his disposal, but would that offer him false comfort with less room for error? His managerial talents suggest he could take the helm and fare decently.