Liverpool have made contact with representatives of Jurgen Klopp as they look to replace sacked manager Brendan Rodgers.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach is favourite to take over from the Northern Irishman, with ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti a strong contender.
German Klopp, 48, is understood to be open to the idea of a move.
The club’s owners intend to have a new manager in place for the Premier League trip to Tottenham on 17 October.
In a statement issued by the League Managers’ Association on his behalf, Rodgers, 42, said he was “incredibly disappointed” his three-and-a-half-year tenure at Anfield is over.
“It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game’s great clubs,” said the Northern Irishman, who was sacked after Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw at Everton.
“I have worked every day to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop both individual players and a team that the club’s magnificent fans can be proud of.
“There have been some very memorable moments during my time at Liverpool and I would like to thank all of the players for their hard work and commitment.”
Rodgers, who said he is in no rush to take another job, added the Reds squad was in transition but was showing a “strong sense of togetherness”.
Negotiations will now take place over his severance package, which could cost Liverpool in excess of £5m.