With the Latics boss currently in Miami meeting the Reds' owners, his current employer believes Fenway Sports Group's lack of football knowledge could see him turn the job down
The Latics manager flew to Miami on Thursday to meet the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, for further discussions over becoming Kenny Dalglish's successor at Anfield.
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"A little bit will have to do with the attitude of the owners because I don't think they fully understand the game of football in England," he told Sky Sports.
"Roberto likes total control, from the youngsters at 16 to the first team. If he doesn't get that I don't think he will take the job."
Whelan also went on to claim that the Spaniard could turn down a job offer if he is not afforded total control over football affairs.
He told ESPN: "My information is that the new Liverpool manager will not be given full responsibility of the football department.
"The set-up on the football side goes well beyond the norm even with a director of football. There will be somebody else signing players and they might not necessarily be the choice of the manager.
"My advice to Roberto is to think very carefully about this, but Liverpool are a big club and I hope that they remain one of the big clubs.”