Ayre expects stars to stay put

Reds chief in talks with stars over new deals

Ian Ayre: Confident the club's best players will not leave Liverpool despite the recent upheaval

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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has dispelled fears a number of top stars could leave the club in the wake of the upheaval at Anfield.

The Reds are looking for a new manager after Kenny Dalglish was axed by the club's American owners earlier this week.

"I spoke to all our senior players yesterday and I don't think it will happen."

Ian Ayre on rumours of players leaving Liverpool

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It has been suggested that Dalglish's departure could cause some unrest in the dressing room, but Ayre is confident the players will stick around after holding talks with them.

"I spoke to all our senior players yesterday and I don't think it will happen," said Ayre of a possible exodus of players.

"Of course, Kenny is an important part of the fabric of the club and always will be.

"There isn't anyone who won't be disappointed with the decision but the players are respectful. There are no plans to fire anyone else.

"It was just part of a process. It is all part of wanting to get it right."

Contract talks

Liverpool are thought to be in talks to offer Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger new deals to fend off interest from other clubs and Ayre admits talks are ongoing with players to secure their long-term futures.

"I have been deeply involved in the negotiations with agents and players," added Ayre. "It is business as usual in that sense.

"Nothing has had to stop.

"The manager and director of football were not the only people involved in the process."