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Former Hoffenheim boss Ralf Rangnick would be interested in joining Liverpool - should the managerial post become available.

The highly-rated German left the Bundesliga club on New Year's Day and has already been approached by three clubs - two in Germany and one in the Premier League.

"He would be interested in Liverpool and it's possible he could manage there," Rangnick's agent Oliver Mintzlaff told BBC Sport.

"There are no negotiations with them, not even a meeting yet, but he is a big fan of the Premier League.

"If he had to make a decision between the Premier League and staying in the Bundesliga, he would go to England."

Rangnick is the latest in a relatively long line of coaches linked with the Liverpool hotseat as speculation over the future of Roy Hodgson increases.

Former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard and ex-France midfielder Didier Deschamps have both been touted with regards to the Liverpool managerial post as pressure on Hodgson intensifies.

The Liverpool boss has struggled to win over the Anfield faithful after a string of poor results - culminating in an embarrassing 1-0 loss at home to Wolves at the end of last month.

The Liverpool supporters vented their frustration at the former Fulham manager - chanting for Anfield hero Kenny Dalglish to succeed him - and the 63-year-old was irritated at the lack of backing from Reds' fans.

"I'm getting used to it, that's the way it is," he said after the defeat. "We've had to live with that quite a long time now as ever since I came here the famous Anfield support has not really been there.

"I don't like hearing those things of course because I want to do the best job I can do, I'm working as hard as I can, so I can't say it's something I really appreciate but at the same time I am not in control of those things and it's the Kop's way, the Anfield way, of showing that they are not happy at the moment with what the team is doing."

However, Liverpool fans did have something to cheer on New Year's Day after Joe Cole grabbed a last minute winner against Bolton, but Hodgson's future looks increasingly doubtful after it was reported Reds owners NESV are actively seeking his replacement.

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