The Liverpool boardroom are alleged to be considering a change of management at the club following reports veteran tactician Carlo Ancelotti could be chosen to succeed incumbent Brendan Rodgers.
Italian website CalcioMercatoWeb claims the Premier League big guns have even made their initial approach for the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain boss, per Metro's Sean Kearns.
Ancelotti is currently without a club after being sacked by Real at the end of last season, around the same time BBC Sport quoted him as saying he'd "stop [management] for a year" if let go by the club.
The Reds would like to tempt the Italian out of his sabbatical, however, but Paul Little of the Irish Daily Star doesn't believe Anfield will be all that alluring to the three-time Champions League-winning manager:
Liverpool are currently 13th in the Premier League standings after winning just two of their opening six matches this season and drawing 1-1 against Bordeaux in their Europa League opener last week.
Breathe Sport made sure to take notice of the extreme juxtaposition in spending patterns posed by those two sides, too, after Rodgers has spent more than £180 million in the last two summer transfer windows alone:
Ancelotti was axed by Los Blancos earlier in 2015 after failing to produce a trophy in the 2014-15 campaign, a similar storyline to the one that saw him exiled from Chelsea at the close of 2010-11.
The 56-year-old led Real to a coveted 10th European title just one year prior to his Bernabeu exit—the exalted "La Decima"—but president Florentino Perez recently explained the reasoning behind that decision, per Spanish newspaper Marca, saying: "There was a feeling that things were fizzling out."
Real's loss could very much prove to be Liverpool's gain if they were able to land one of the most prolific managers still active in European football, one heavily more experienced than Rodgers.
According to FourFourTwo's Sam Pilger, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Manchester United identified Ancelotti as a candidate to succeed the Scot in 2013 prior to David Moyes' appointment:
That comment shows just how highly valued an asset ex-Roma midfielder Ancelotti is as a tactician, and Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group would understandably see him as a potential upgrade at their helm.
The Anfield hot seat could be seen as an enticing prospect to some; despite failing to thrive since Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona last summer, there are clearly funds available at the Merseyside outfit and talent already present in the squad.
That being said, Ancelotti may be considered out of reach for a manager who may not be willing to take such a big risk upon his return to the sport, with Liverpool's plight considered far from a "sure thing."