Liverpool look to begin talks with Villas-Boas - report

The Portuguese boss who was acrimoniously disposed of by Chelsea could be persuaded back to England as FSG step up their search for a new manager
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Liverpool are set to approach former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas about becoming their new manager next week, according to reports.

After Kenny Dalglish was sacked on Friday, the club have been on the lookout for the Scot's successor and are understood to have drawn up a shortlist of 12 candidates.

The Liverpool players have been giving their thoughts on the departure of King Kenny
The Reds were granted permission to talk to Roberto Martinez by Wigan chief Dave Whelan but have been knocked back in their efforts to talk to Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp about the post.

Swansea City manager Rodgers has declined an interview with the club but the Reds are still believed to be monitoring the situation.

German coach Klopp, meanwhile, told the Daily Telegraph: "I have been made aware of interest from England, and it is an honour to be linked with big clubs in the Premier League but I have a contract with Dortmund until 2016 and am going nowhere. I love it here and have no intention of changing clubs."

Liverpool are also believed to be weighing up the possibility of bringing back Rafael Benitez to the club but Villas-Boas has been the most receptive to Fenway Sports Group's recruitment policy as they seek to interview each prospective candidate.

The former Chelsea boss has been made aware that he would not be a sole figure in the interview process and is believed to favour a move back to the Premier League.

FSG equally see the Portuguese as having the right characteristics to succeed at Anfield. The 34-year-old's reputation took a hit after his spell in charge at Stamford Bridge but Liverpool are still aware of what he achieved with Porto, where he won the treble.
"I have a contract with Dortmund until 2016 and am going nowhere" - Klopp

Tentative discussions with his representatives are believed to have begun yesterday and Villas-Boas’s agent Carlos Goncalves suggested this by saying that the 34 year-old would be keen to return to England.

"If an interesting project comes about, we will certainly take it into consideration," he said.

Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre also fuelled speculation that a manager currently in charge of one of the Euro 2012 hopefuls could be destined for the Anfield hot seat.

"I think you would want to know who the person was and know that they could have one eye," Ayre told The Independent.

"Just because they were physically not here wouldn't mean they couldn't be involved in the influencing of process."