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Midfield legend McAllister in talks for coaching role at Liverpool

The former Reds midfielder could become a part of the Northern Irishman’s revamped first-team setup.

LIVERPOOL MANAGER BRENDAN Rodgers has held talks with Gary McAllister over taking a role on the club’s coaching staff, Goal report.

Rodgers is understood to have met the former Reds midfielder at the club’s Melwood training ground on Wednesday.

McAllister could replace Mike Marsh as Liverpool’s first-team coach but the club are also considering other candidates for the role.

The Scot was signed by Gerard Houllier on a free transfer in July 2000 at the age of 35 and was influential in a short spell at Anfield, helping the club win the FA Cup, League Cup, Uefa Cup and Uefa Super Cup in 2001.

McAllister had brief spells in charge of Coventry City and Leeds United before taking up coaching positions with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa, where he was reunited with Houllier and took up a caretaker manager’s role for the remainder of the 2010-11 season when the Frenchman suffered health complications.

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The move would see Liverpool continue a revamp of their coaching staff this summer.

Former Nottingham Forest and Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll has been appointed Rodgers’ assistant manager, with Colin Pascoe leaving the club.

Pepijn Linders, who was a part of Liverpool’s academy setup last season, has been named first team development coach as the club adopts what they describe as a “new technical approach” to coaching.

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