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Steve Clarke pictured during his time as Liverpool assistant

Former Liverpool and Chelsea assistant Steve Clarke in West Brom running

Former Liverpool assistant boss Steve Clarke is in contention to become West Brom's new manager, Press Association Sport understands.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Icelandic midfielder, made a major impact for Swansea while on loan last season

Gylfi Sigurdsson interested in Liverpool switch after Swansea transfer breaks down

Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson admits he would be interested in a move to Liverpool to be reunited with former manager Brendan Rodgers after claiming his record-breaking move to Swansea is off.

Brendan Rodgers

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers sets out vision for the club

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers exerted his authority in his interview with the club's owners by insisting he would not work under a director of football

'I like everything in him,' Mourinho once said of Rodgers (pictured). 'He is ambitious and does not see football very differently from myself.'

Liverpool settle £5m bill for Swans' Rodgers

Liverpool have demonstrated the value they attach to securing Brendan Rodgers' services by settling his £5m in compensation in full with Swansea City, ahead of his anticipated presentation at Anfield today as the new manager of the club.

Liverpool swiftly settle £5m Rodgers compensation

The sum is significant, considering Liverpool face a testing time complying with FFP

Brendan Rodgers' first job will be to assess the squad he has inherited

Liverpool move closer to recruiting Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool are in the process of tying up loose ends on a deal with Swansea which will allow Brendan Rodgers to be officially confirmed as their new manager.

Rodgers was due to hold talks with Liverpool owner John Henry last night

Rodgers poised to complete Anfield move

Liverpool close in on three-year contract for manager, with Swansea set for £4m compensation

Jordan Henderson is set to be called up to the England squad

Hodgson likely to play it safe... but how about a quick call to Joe Cole?

There was a time when Jordan Henderson was seen as one of the hottest young properties in the country. Back then, and this was only 18 months ago, Sunderland fought off regular stories about interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. He went to the latter and his lot, as he sits in the wings to potentially replace Frank Lampard, who left the England training camp with a thigh injury yesterday, could not be much lower.

Mohamed Diame

Kenny Dalglish axe scuppered Liverpool transfer reveals Mohamed Diame

Out-of-contract Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame admits Kenny Dalglish's sacking as Liverpool manager scuppered a potential move to Anfield.

Roberto Martinez masterminded Wigan's escape from relegation

Liverpool deny Martinez job offer despite talks in Miami

Whelan says Spaniard will only take role if he is allowed control of all football matters

Egil Olsen: Wise old head plotting a fresh England defeat

He once made Norway a force in world football and now he is trying to repeat the trick, with some success. Glenn Moore assesses how his current team matches up to sides of old

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Roberto Martinez has done a remarkable job at Wigan, keeping them in the Premier League time and again thanks to late escapes. The Latics have achieved it playing a style of football easy on the eye, with the Spaniard refusing to veer from his football philosophy. It served him well this season with Wigan winning seven of their last nine games, including wins over Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. At 38-years-old, Martinez is considered one of the brightest young managers in the game, and Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has said he would not stand in the way should a major club come calling.

Roberto Martinez may not take Liverpool job suggests Dave Whelan

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insists there is no sure-fire guarantee Roberto Martinez would take the Liverpool manager's job should it be offered to him.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez travels to America for talks with Liverpool, reveals Wigan owner

Roberto Martinez took a small step closer to the vacant Liverpool manager's job after meeting with the club's owners in America today, according to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.

Louis van Gaal

Dirk Kuyt backs Louis van Gaal for Liverpool role

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt believes compatriot Louis van Gaal has the ideal experience to be a success at Anfield.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

Wigan demand Roberto Martinez make decision on Liverpool and Aston Villa roles

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is preparing to set a deadline for manager Roberto Martinez to decide his future after admitting the club is currently in limbo.

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