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Liverpool have targeted Didier Deschamps as their new manager as Roy Hodgson stalls over a final decision regarding the Merseyside club.

The Fulham manager has been heavily linked with the Anfield job, but UK revealed on Friday that the instability in the boardroom has prevented Hodgson from making a final decision regarding the Anfield hot seat.

Liverpool appear to have now turned their attention to Deschamps, as time is running out before preparations get underway for the new season.

“The Liverpool chief executive, Christian Purslow, called me Thursday afternoon,” said Jean-Claude Dassier, Marseille’s president, in L'Equipe.

“He speaks French very well and he’s is very courteous. I was waiting for his call from Liverpool for the interest in Didier. He asked me if I allowed him to meet Didier and Jean - Pierre Bernes. I replied that I did not allow any meeting to take place. I have also indicated that there is no way we’ll let go of our coach.”

“Didier says we have relationship built on trust. I hope he will stay with us for one more year. I am not worried about the fact that he has been linked with a move away. It is also true that Didier is flattered to see a big European club interested in him.”

Marseille wanted to extend Deschamps’ contract for another two seasons but the Frenchman has only agreed to stay one more year.

Deschamps’ nine-year managerial career has involved roles at Monaco, where in 2004 he reached the final of the UEFA Champions League and Juventus.

Hodgson has been monitoring England’s progress in the World Cup, and should Fabio Capello resign after the tournament, he could be inclined to take that role over the vacancy at Liverpool.

Manuel Pellegrini, Martin O'Neill, Slaven Bilic and Mark Hughes have also been linked with the Liverpool job.

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