Liverpool’s hopes of quickly appointing a successor to Brendan Rodgers were dealt a blow this morning after being told that Jürgen Klopp was too busy washing his hair to take up the Anfield manager’s chair.

The Fenway Sports Group, who control the Merseyside giants, brought Rodgers’ 3-year reign as Liverpool boss to an end after a 1-1 away draw against rivals Everton saw a mediocre start to the season continue, with no end in sight to the ennui currently stifling a side that had only won once in its last five league games.

However, Klopp, the Bundesliga-winning former Borussia Dortmund boss who was thought to be certain to take over, has told chairman Tom Werner: ‘Sorry, but I’ve got to give it a thorough wash. I’ve left it for ages, and now I’ve got the most dreadful split ends. Perhaps another time though, yeah?’

Liverpool also seem certain to lose out on their second choice – former Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti – who hid behind the sofa when representatives for the Reds turned up to his home late last night.

Either Sam Allardyce or Nigel Pearson are expected to be in charge by the time Liverpool play their next match, an away tie at Tottenham on October 17.