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Liverpool are set to confirm the appointment of Fulham manager Roy Hodgson as successor to Rafael Benitez by the end of this week, according to a report from The Daily Mail.

The 62-year-old has been reported as being the Anfield hierarchy's first choice for the job, but their pursuit of him has been complicated by the reports claiming that he is also the FA's first choice should Fabio Capello leave his job as England manager.

Capello announced yesterday that he expects his future to be sorted out within the next two weeks.

The FA may yet attempt to persuade Hodgson to delay his decision on taking the Anfield job, but the Reds are apparently keen to tie the deal up by the weekend.

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