By Mark Finlay

According to former Liverpool player Stan Collymore Liverpool owner John W. Henry wanted to fire manager Rodgers before being talked out of it by former Kop legends.

Rodgers has come under fire this season as the Reds failed to find the sort of form they had last season nearly winning the Premiership, and despite spending £110 million during the summer got knocked out of the Champions League after failing to advance from the Group stage.

Collymore said: “I heard two weeks ago that John Henry has tried to sack Brendan Rodgers a couple of times already.

“He was persuaded not to by Ian Ayre and a couple of club legends, who were sought out for their counsel.

“In my opinion, it would be wrong for Henry to pull the trigger too soon.

“He should wait until the end of the season at least and see where Liverpool stand.

“Unfortunately, being in the Europa League won’t help them. It becomes a distraction and a pull on resources.

“Should he put a full side out? It’s a tough problem.

“But Rodgers’ signings just haven’t worked. Adam Lallana has been no better than a six out of 10, Mario Balotelli a five, Rickie Lambert five, Lazar Markovic five.

“It’s been the stuff of nightmares for Rodgers.”

Meanwhile Starsport revealed this morning how Liverpool are taking a look at Atletico Madrid trainer Diego Simeone as a possible replacement.