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Frank Rijkaard, out of work
Impressed during a five year spell at Barcelona, guiding them to their first trophy since 1999 in his second season and bringing youth products Victor Valdes, Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta into the side. Won the Champions League in 2006, but since dismissal two years later he has only managed Galatasaray and lasted just 14 months in Turkey.

Martin O’Neill, out of work
Twiddling his thumbs after departure from Aston Villa, and a pragmatic, well-liked option with a history of overachievement. The state of Liverpool’s current squad means he’d have to continue in the same vein. Has a fine tradition of walking out on clubs unexpectedly, which would place him firmly in the Dalglish school and probably guarantee legendary status on Merseyside.

Guus Hiddink, Turkey
The Dutch international-manager-for-hire has Premier League previous, rejuvenating Chelsea after the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari and winning the FA Cup. Has only been in charge of Turkey for four months and may not fancy swapping a lucratively-paid job in a sunny country for the chance to work with Paul Konchesky and very little in the way of transfer funds on Merseyside.

Manuel Pelligrini, Malaga
Chilean former-Real Madrid coach has been linked to numerous Premier League jobs but his Malaga side are currently in La Liga’s relegation zone. On the upside, he’d probably jump at the chance to join Liverpool. On the downside, his ludicrously expensive Real Madrid side were eliminated from last season’s Champions League in the round of 16.

Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool ambassador
The sentimental choice, but only likely to be a short-term option. Liverpool fans have been chanting his name in recent games, and given that he’s already at the club in an ambassadorial role, he knows where the fire exits are and would not have to fill out a new starter’s form. You can’t overestimate the importance of convenience when appointing a new manager.

Rafael Benítez, out of work
The other sentimental choice, but although he is revered for his hugely unexpected Champions League win and a series of steady Premier League campaigns, Liverpool supporters’ rose-tinted glasses appear to be overlooking his responsibility for the club’s slide to seventh place last season. Would be a resolute step backwards, which tends to be the wrong direction.

Sam Allardyce
How would the Kop react to Hodgson, the arch pragmatist, being replaced by Sam Allardyce, the even less glamorous arch pragmatist? With amusing fury, you’d imagine. But Big Sam could surely teach Sotirios Kyrgiakos how to hoof the ball 100 feet into the air and David Ngog how to make a nuisance of himself in the box. A grimly determined 11th place finish beckons.

Source: Telegraph

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