Report: Liverpool consider appointing Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen

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Liverpool are interested in bringing aboard Rene Meulensteen, formerly of Manchester United.

Rene Meulensteen has emerged as a shock candidate to become Liverpool assistant boss, report The Telegraph.

The Dutchman is currently out of work, but is highly regarded in coaching circles. Liverpool are currently looking for a new number two to Brendan Rodgers after sacking Colin Pascoe last week.

Appointing Meulensteen would be a controversial move given his Manchester United past. The Dutchman worked as the first team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson and was cited as a key figure in the Red Devils' last league title win by striker Robin van Persie, as reported The Mail.

Ferguson had hoped he would stay on at United, but he was moved aside by incoming boss David Moyes.

He then had two short spells in management at Anzhi in Russia and Fulham in the Premier League.

Meulensteen is not Liverpool's only option; a more popular appointment would be the alternative name linked, Pako Ayestaran, Rafa Benitez's former assistant at the club, who played a role in the club's 2005 Champions League win.

The Telegraph report Liverpool are keen to bring in a 'proven' coach, and both Meulensteen and Ayestaran fit the bill.

Meulensteen's past may count against him from a fans perspective, but the Liverpool situation is one he himself foresaw.

Back in November, he told BBC 5 Live that Rodgers was paying the price for failing to employ a coach with experience to work alongside him.

He said: ""He has obviously got people around him who he obviously thinks are the right ones. But I think he could have done with someone who has been there, seen it and done it.

"Playing in the Premier League and the Champions League, it's a different rhythm that requires a different style of training and a different management strategy through the week. You need to know these things."

Now Liverpool owners FSG have made their stand that they agree with him but sacking Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh, it would be a fascinating twist of events if Meulensteen himself was to land the gig as replacement.

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