Roberto Mancini at short odds to become next Leicester manager

Reports claim Ranieri was a victim of player power after several senior players grew unhappy with the Italian's tactical tinkering and told the owners they would be relegated if he stayed.

Liverpool are fifth in the table while Leicester are 18th ahead of the clash at the King Power Stadium.

"It depends always on the board".

Riyad Mahrez, player of the season last term but a shadow of his former self this campaign, could be accused of telling a white lie when talk of relegation raises its ugly head.

They were dumped out of the FA Cup last weekend by third-tier Millwall, which Ranieri hit out at his players after the game.

While Ranieri has paid the price for their poor season, Souness thinks the players are ultimately to blame. "Nobody can delete the history you wrote", said Mourinho, whose last game in charge of Chelsea ended in defeat by soon-to-be champions Leicester. "I will never be truly able to thank him for everything he has helped me achieve and the faith he has shown in me and he knows that I always did my best for him".

In contrast to events elsewhere, the warmth between Klopp and his players is evident, his on-field hugs noticeable following every encouraging performance. The euphoria has died down a bit this time around though with the club languishing in the 17 spot in the Premier League, a position away from the dreaded drop to the second tier.

Apparently the players were asked for their thoughts on the decline from last season's title success at the team's hotel in Seville and the outcome, the following morning, was the sacking of the 65-year-old Italian.

"There's frustrations with everybody, coaching staff, players, and I think there's lots of reasons why".

"Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No".

With 13 game remaining in the season, Ranieri is now unable to attempt to guide his team to safety.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could miss a third successive game because of a knee injury.

But Souness thinks they could be in for a tough evening if the Reds produce the same kind of performance that saw them beat Tottenham 2-0 in their last match.

"It's two weeks - that's not a real problem". We are players and we can only affect (things) on the pitch. "It was a proper camp". Daniel Sturridge is another doubt, due to illness, even if Ragnar Klavan has recovered sufficiently to possibly play a part.

Daniel Sturridge is also a concern as he is still suffering the effects of a virus which forced him to return home early from Spain. If Ranieri can get sacked, no other manager on the planet - regardless of their past achievements or how well they're doing now - can consider their jobs safe.

  • Julie Sanders