Liverpool are in no rush to appoint a replacement for Rafa Benitez.

The Independent says the club flatly rejected internet rumours last night that Kenny Dalglish, who will join managing director Christian Purslow in the search for Benitez's successor, may be about to take up the position himself, countering that it would be absurd for the recruiter to appoint himself. But Liverpool are in no rush to seek a manager they hope will bring stability where previously there was a sense of dysfunction between the proprietors and the manager.

They are looking for a manager with European experience among other qualities and Fulham's Roy Hodgson appears to be the lead candidate, though neither Martin O'Neill nor Mark Hughes should be discounted.