Liverpool target Deschamps

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Liverpool have made an approach for Marseille boss Didier Deschamps to take over the Anfield hotseat.

Reds approach Marseille to talk to their boss

Liverpool are targeting Marseille boss Didier Deschamps to take over the Anfield hotseat. The Reds approached Marseille earlier this week about talking to the 41-year-old, who guided the club to their first Ligue 1 title in 18 years last season. While the French outfit would not stop their manager from talking to the English giants, president Jean-Claude Dassier insists the Reds have 'no chance' of landing their man. He told L'Equipe: "It's true, Liverpool's executive director, Christian Purslow, called me Thursday morning. He speaks French very well, is very polite. "I was expecting his call because I had heard of Liverpool's interest in Didier. He asked me if I would allow him to meet Didier and (agent) Jean-Pierre Bernes.

Never forbid

"I replied that I would never forbid anyone from meeting whoever. "I also kindly indicated to him that there wasn't the slightest chance for him to pinch our coach. Even in his dreams." Deschamps' contract runs out at the end of next season and he is yet to pen an extension, but Dassier is confident of keeping the former Marseille midfielder. He added: "With Didier, we have a trusting relationship. "I hope he will commit himself to us for another year. I'm not worried.
Flattered
"It's true also that Didier is flattered to see a great European club interested in him." France's World Cup and European Championship winning captain is regarded as one of Europe's best young managers and has made an impressive start to his coaching career since taking over the reins at Monaco in 2001. He steered the principality side to the Coupe de la Ligue title just two years after taking his first managerial post and led them to the UEFA Champions League final the following season He then helped Juventus to the Serie B title in his one season at the Bianconeri before taking charge at Marseille last summer and leading them to the Ligue 1 title. Speculation has been rife over who will take charge at Anfield since Rafa Benitez left the club at the beginning of the month, with Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson previously thought to be among the frontrunners.

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