Hyypia “definitely interested” in Reds return, Liverpool considering Ayestaran and Meulensteen

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Tuesday papers feature reports on Liverpool’s search for replacements for departing assistant manager Colin Pascoe and first-team coach Mike Marsh.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 12, 2012: Bayer 04 Leverkusen's manager Sami Hyypia applauds the supporters after his side's 3-1 defeat by former club Liverpool during a preseason friendly match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Guardian and Express quote former centre-back Sami Hyypia saying he would be interested in a return to the club he played for from 1999 to 2009.

“It would be great to work for a club which I love,” said Hyypia. “I would definitely be interested if Liverpool think I could help them. I have great memories of my time at the club.

“My rise in management was rapid and I have been thinking a lot about things while I have been out. If there were no interesting opportunities as a manager, then I would be ready to be an assistant. That sort of role would give me a lot of experience. It wouldn’t be a problem for me. I feel ready to go into football again. You look at yourself and I am enthusiastic about getting back into the game.”

However, the 41-year-old has not received an approach from Liverpool’s owners as of yet, it’s reported.

Paul Joyce reports that former assistant manager Pako Ayestaran would also be interested in a return to Liverpool.

CARDIFF, WALES - SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th, 2006: Liverpool's Pako Ayesteran congratulates Steven Gerrard (L) and Jamie Carragher after beating Chelsea during the Community Shield match at the Millennium Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Telegraph‘s Mark Ogden claims Ayestaran and former Man United assistant Rene Meulensteen are being considered as replacements for Pascoe as Brendan Rodgers’ assistant.

Dominic King reports similarly to the rest in the Daily Mail, explaining how Hyypia turned down a role to work with Roy Hodgson at Anfield in 2010 when Sami was still playing for Bayer Leverkusen.

In truth, there’s little to take from the reports, the same three names are being linked but nothing concrete seems to be said as yet.

Rodgers will be keen to get replacements finalised sooner rather than later, with players returning to pre-season training in five weeks.

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