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Players to be consulted over new Liverpool coach
Updated: 2004-05-31 15:27

Star players Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen will have a big say in who should take over as coach at Liverpool from Gerard Houllier, the club's chief executive Rick Parry said.

Both England internationals have said that their future at Anfield could depend on who is chosen.

"There may be some discussion with them as far as the new manager is concerned," Parry told the News of the World.

"I don't think a particular player will be asked to pick a name but I feel it is perfectly realistic to allow them some input.

"If whoever comes in has the senior players' respect they'll have a good start. If they don't it will be tough.''

Parry said he feared that both players could leave Liverpool if the Reds continue to fall short of competing for top honours in the Premiership and the Champions League.

"It has to be a concern Stevie would be tempted to move away. You have to be concerned about losing players when you're not successful - and finishing fourth, for Liverpool, is not successful.

"While we're not successful you'd be mad to think we don't have issues with our top players.

"We can't stop Stevie joining Manchester United or whomever if he really wants to go.

"That's not to say we wouldn't fight tooth and nail to keep him. We would, and I've no doubt his greatest desire is to win trophies here. But ultimately winning trophies - wherever - is what players want.

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