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Spanish boss earmarked as Roy's Anfield replacement

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Former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed Liverpool approached him to take over from Roy Hodgson, and he is looking to get to the Premier League before the end of the year.

Despite new owners NESV vowing to keep Hodgson on as Liverpool manager, the 63-year-old’s job will be on the line if the Anfield club continue their poor form.

The Merseysiders have accumulated just nine points in their first nine games of the season and are currently languishing in the relegation zone.

Liverpool’s new owners will also have a tough job convincing their top players the club is going in the right direction, with keeper Pepe Reina being linked with a move to arch-rivals Manchester United.

Pellegrini, meanwhile, has been out of work since Real sacked him back in May and brought Jose Mourinho to the club and fancies his chances of impressing at Anfield.

With compatriot Rafael Benitez having been relieved of his duties after six years in the job, Pellegrini is tempted by the Spanish contingent already in Liverpool’s first team squad.

“I had lots of offers, some that I like. Ideally, I would like to find a club in December. Yes, Liverpool contacted me,” he said.

“It is a great club with many Spanish players who I already know, and it is my intention to work in the Premier League.”

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