Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will hold talks with Liverpool next week. The Daily Mail says the former Chelsea boss has been a target for Roma but his name was swiftly added to the list of eight candidates to replace Kenny Dalglish.

Fenway Sports Group had admiration for the job Villas-Boas, 34, did at Porto and he has many of the characteristics Liverpool are looking for in their new man.

The news that Villas-Boas is happy to meet Anfield officials is a boost to the club after both Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp, boss of German champions Borussia Dortmund, ruled themselves out of contention.