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From Back Page ques­tion and he now be­lieves he is the man to re­vive them af­ter a dif­fi­cult end to Ben­itez’s ten­ure. De­spite the Scot’s tran­si­tion from king-maker to wouldbe king, Liver­pool will still seek per­mis­sion to meet Ful­ham man­ager Roy Hodg­son, 62, by the end of the week. Hodg­son had been seen as the favourite to suc­ceed Ben­itez, who will be con­firmed as the new In­ter Mi­lan man­ager to­day. He has made no se­cret of his wish for one more high­pro­file job, whether it be as man­ager of Eng­land or a lead­ing club in the Bar­clays Premier League, and his feats at Ful­ham have not gone un­no­ticed. Ful­ham chair­man Mohamed Al Fayed is des­per­ate to keep the vet­eran English­man, who main­tained his fo­cus on the London club’s fu­ture yes­ter­day by sign­ing Philippe Sen­deros from Arse­nal, but the call from the An­field hi­er­ar­chy is ex­pected soon. Com­pen­sa­tion is un­likely to prove an ob­sta­cle, with Hodg­son on a 12-month rolling con­tract at Craven Cot­tage and a fee of around £2mil­lion should be enough to se­cure his re­lease. Liver­pool were rocked by in­fight­ing last sea­son be­tween Ben­itez and top board­room fig­ures and the club are anx­ious to end the re­cent tur­bu­lence by bring­ing in an ex­pe­ri­enced fig­ure ca­pa­ble of restor­ing har­mony. Liver­pool fans were in­formed yes­ter­day that sea­son-ticket prices have in­creased by seven per cent for the next cam­paign.

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