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Liverpool, Roberto Martinez and the craziest and most redundant rumour of the week

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Liverpool linked with Roberto Martinez, really?

It's only Monday, and we are betting you will not see or hear a more out-there rumour than this one all week.

Spanish newspaper AS is claiming Roberto Martinez has been approached about being hired by Liverpool.

They are not claiming that Brendan Rodgers will be replaced, but that in fact he will have to report to the soon-to-be-former Wigan boss.

The paper state that the Reds have been in touch with Martinez about becoming 'technical director.'

And there's more, AS add that his first summer signing as part of that role has already been identified, David Villa.

You can find the link to the piece here, included in a column by Manuel Manolete their transfer correspondent.

The paper is aware of rivals Everton's interest in the manager, insisting the Reds want to beat them to his appointment, with Martinez said to have been heading to a second interview over the vacant manager's post  at Goodison Park today.

It has even been claimed in the last hour prior to the time of writing, that Martinez has struck a deal with Everton to become their next manager. So this one can already be chalked off.

Even if it were not for that, the likelihood of the Martinez-Liverpool rumour being true is almost a non-starter - Unless you consider it possible that Liverpool did approach him and were turned down.

There is history between Martinez and Liverpool, with the Spaniard meeting with the club's owners FSG last summer after they axed Kenny Dalglish and before they moved to bring in Brendan Rodgers.

What went on in the negotiations has never been divulged from Martinez' part, but Liverpool insisted he was never actually offered the managerial post.

This may have been them trying to save face from being turned down, for rumours at the time stated that Martinez did not like the idea that he may not be in charge of transfers at the club.

Which is all a bit ironic given AS' claim that Martinez will be offered such a role he considered to be interfering with the manager's.

It would be a change of direction for Martinez, with it fully expected he would be leaving Wigan to take up a manager's post - after his FA Cup success with the Latics.

Even if it were to happen, it would be hard to see it working smoothly and ending well alongside Brendan Rodgers, for two high profile figures in the two roles rarely ends well.

If we were bookies, we would offer very long odds on this one coming to fruition. File it under 'very unlikely to potentially impossible'.

What do you think of the surprise claim? 

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