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Rijkaard 'has not been approached' by Liverpool

Frank Rijkaard's agent insists he has not been approached by Liverpool, after he was touted as a potential replacement for Roy Hodgson at Anfield.

Frank Rijkaard's agent insists he has not been approached by Liverpool, after he was touted as a potential replacement for Roy Hodgson at Anfield.

Martin Broughton, the Liverpool chairman, told ESPNsoccernet that Hodgson had a break clause in his deal that would allow the new owners, NESV, to replace the manager within 28 days of their take-over, and rumours have circulated he could now be on the way out.

Rijkaard, who was dismissed by Turkish side Galatasaray this week after a disappointing start to the season, has been the subject of speculation about him becoming the club's new manager.

But Perry Overeem, his agent, has denied holding talks with the club.

"We have not been approached by Liverpool," Overeem told Sky Sports News. "Frank's not thinking about any job at the moment - he wants to put what's happened in Turkey behind him.

"Frank's still in Turkey. Whenever we are approached, if we are approached, we will deal with that then but it's not helpful to get into rumours at this stage."

Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, remains firmly behind Hodgson.

"It is a little rocky patch we are going through at the moment but as long as the players, manager and supporters all stick together it won't be a problem," he said ahead of last night's game at Napoli.

"It is very early days in the season and there is a lot of time to go. It hasn't always been rosy playing for Liverpool. Last season wasn't great and I remember going 12 games without a win under Gerard Houllier, so it has not always been plain sailing.

"The spirit in the dressing room is fine but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out if you win games it is a lot better. The manager is the boss and we should be trying to impress him, not the other way around."

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