Monday, 17th January 2011 

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri has played down speculation linking him with the job of next permanent Liverpool manager, but admitted being spoken about in connection with the Premier League side pleases him. 

The Italian, who enjoyed a spell in England with Chelsea before being replaced by Jose Mourinho, has been suggested as a possibility for the Liverpool position at the end of the season.

"As an international coach, I am very happy that Liverpool are thinking of me", Ranieri told Stadio Sprint, "but I am very proud to lead the team of my city, even if there are pros and cons."

Ranieri is thought to be keen to move back to England at some point in his career, feeling he has unfinished business from his time at Stamford Bridge and his admission that interest from Liverpool makes him "happy" will be sure to add fuel to the fire, despite him seeking to play down the link.

The 59-year-old has been under pressure at Roma this season, even though, sitting in fourth, his side are just six points behind Serie A league leaders AC Milan.


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