Liverpool news – Hodgson ahead of Dalglish, Benitez prepares Liverpool raid, Riera ready for Reds stay

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Liverpool. Today:

Hodgson ahead of Dalglish.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has stated his desire to replace Rafael Benitez as manager of the Reds, however the board look set to pursue Roy Hodgson of Fulham instead. Dalglish was initially appointed on the team to find a replacement for Benitez, however his surprise admission has put the Liverpool hierarchy into an awkward position according to the Telegraph. Dalglish would appeal to the Reds fanbase and would reportedly have more chance of keeping the top-players at the club, yet the board are still in favour of Fulham’s Hodgson.

Benitez prepares Liverpool raid.

Rafael Benitez, the soon to be announced new Inter boss, is set to be in contact straight away with Anfield with a bid of £33m for two of his favourite players whilst he was in charge. Javier Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt had a considerable amount of playing time under the Spaniard and this transfer bid will appeal to the clubs owners. The Daily Mail suggests that both players would be keen to reunite with the coach that boosted their careers, with Mascherano in particular looking certain to leave Anfield having failed to sign an improved contract.

Riera ready for Reds stay.

Liverpool winger Albert Riera, who famously branded Benitez’s Liverpool ‘a sinking ship’ last season, feels that he could now stay on at the club with the manager having left. The Times claims that Riera felt he was not playing regularly enough under Benitez, but his fortunes could be turned around under a new manager. Nevertheless the Spaniard, who did not make Vincent Del Bosque’s World Cup squad, has cited Bordeaux as a potential future club, where he played for two years between 2001-2003.

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