Ayre: Liverpool stars will stay

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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has assured fans that the club's top stars will not follow Kenny Dalglish out of the exit door.

Ayre held talks with key members of the first-team squad following the departure of Dalglish, and insists they are all on-board with the plans to move the club forward.

The Reds confirmed that they are in no rush to appoint a successor to Dalglish, but the club has reportedly sounded out the availability of Wigan boss Roberto Martinez while Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has turned down an interview for the role.

The Anfield club is also scouring the continent in their managerial search, and reportedly have a list of 12 candidates for the post, which likely include former Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas and highly-rated Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp.

However, Ayre has received assurances that whoever gets the role will have the full backing of the club's top players. After conversations with several of the key staff the club's managing director does not anticipate a mass exodus from Anfield.

"I spoke to all our senior players yesterday and I don't think that will happen," Ayre told "There isn't anyone who wont be disappointed with the decision but at the same time players are respectful."

Ayre also confirmed that he hopes all of the key vacant positions will be filled within the next two weeks and that the goal for next season is Champions League qualification.

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