Ronald de Boer has heaped pressure on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers by suggesting that his brother (Ajax boss Frank) would be interested in the position, telling Fox Sports:
‘If Liverpool come now he would certainly think about it.
‘He would certainly not close the door immediately, like he did two years ago.’
Rodgers is as short as 7/2 second-favourite in the next Premier League manager to leave their post betting after the Anfield club’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United.
As such, the last thing he needs to hear is that the man who was offered the Liverpool job before him back in 2012 is interested in the role.
Since then De Boer has added two more Eredivisie titles to the managerial wing of his heaving training cabinet, breaking the division’s record for consecutive league wins, despite the continual sale of his leading players.
Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Vurnon Anita and Gregory van der Wiel all departed the club during the aforementioned period.
Their departures, along with Ajax once more exiting the Champions League at the group stage this term, may offer a clue as to why De Boer is now ready to consider Liverpool’s advances.
The greater financial clout available to the Dutchman at Anfield would offer him a firmer foundation for success in Europe’s premier competition.
On the back of his brother’s revelations, De Boer is now 7/1 joint-third-favourite in the next permanent Liverpool manager betting alongside the man that brought the Champions League to Merseyside, Rafael Benitez.
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As it stands, Zenit Saint Petersburg boss Andre Villas-Boas is 5/1 market leader, while Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp is second in the standings at 6/1.