Dutch legend poised for Anfield

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Liverpool are reportedly lining up Frank Rijkaard as the next manager at Anfield.

The fresh speculation comes just weeks after the former Barcelona boss was first linked with the position on Merseyside, and comes after a tough week for Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson following the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

Footylatest reports that an influx of betting activity has forced several bookmakers to slash odds on the Dutchman becoming the next Liverpool boss, the second time such actions have taken place in a matter of months.

Rijkaard left his post at Galatasaray in October, and The Guardian reported that the former Sparta Rotterdam boss was instantly installed as favourite to replace 63-year-old Hodgson at Liverpool.

"As a result of mutual talks with technical director Frank Rijkaard ... we have decided to part ways," read a Galatasaray statement at the time.

Despite a brief up-turn in fotunes at Liverpool, it is claimed that new owners NESV are unsure as to if Hodgson's the right man to handle a transfer war chest in the region of £35 million.

The former Fulham boss has constantly stated that he will not walk away from the challenge at Anfield, but if the press reports are to be believed then the decision might be taken out of his hands by the Liverpool hierarchy.

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