Brendan Rodgers faces uncertain future as Liverpool plan to appoint Rafa Benitez’s former assistant

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may have had his future assured for the time-being, but it appears that some members of the playing squad fear for the Northern Irishman.

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A disappointing campaign has seen the club’s owners – Fenway Sports Group – review the current situation at Anfield, the Daily Mail reported at the start of the month. And while the Mail suggested that – publicly at least – Rodgers’ future was not in any danger, The Sun have reported that both his assistant Colin Pascoe and first-team coach Mike Marsh have since left.

And The Sun suggest that their departures have now left one source from the dressing room worried for Rodgers.

“It feels very strange as the manager was so tight with his assistant and you ask why. It shouldn’t affect his relationship with the squad but it is a shock,” they stated.

According to the Daily Mirror, the man chosen to replace Pascoe as Rodgers’ right-hand man will be a familiar one to Reds fans…

Pako Ayestaran previously spent three years on Merseyside as Rafa Benitez’s assistant, and helped the club enjoy their most successful spell of the Premier League era, winning the Champions League and the FA Cup along the way.

He has most recently guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to the treble in his only season with the Israeli club.

Conspiracy theorists may suggest that this may be a move to help lure Benitez back to England, should his spell at Real Madrid end as brutally as it has done for many managers down the years. However, upon Ayestaran’s departure from the club in 2007, The Telegraph suggested that a series of disagreements between the long-time colleagues may have led to the break-up of a partnership that had been so successful at Tenerife and Benfica in the past, as well as Liverpool.

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