By PAUL SMITH
LIVERPOOL have made Ajax boss Frank de Boer their No 1 target.
De Boer has shot to the top of their wanted list after winning successive Dutch titles.
Liverpool contacted the former Holland defender in the last 48 hours and he has asked for time to consider their approach.
The move will come as a shock to Roberto Martinez, who was given permission by Wigan to speak to the Anfield club following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish.
De Boer is considered the Dutch Pep Guardiola and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented coaches.
Liverpool have targeted the 42-year-old because he has the knack of providing instant success.
He took over from current Fulham boss Martin Jol in December 2010 and, within 18 months, had rebuilt the Ajax team and won two titles.
As a player, De Boer won 112 caps, played for 10 years at Ajax and five seasons at Barcelona.
He also had a spell at Glasgow Rangers.
But Liverpool will face a battle to land their man as Ajax want to keep him.