Ranieri ‘happy’ to be linked to Liverpool

Roma manager Claudio Ranieri said he was pleased to be linked with the managerial position at Liverpool.

The 59-year-old has struggled to repeat his feats last season, where he led his hometown club to a second-place finish in the Serie A after being pipped by Inter Milan, who went onto win the Champions League, Club World Cup and Coppa Italia.

While Roma lie fourth in the Serie A, Ranieri has had a difficult season in charge and has been forced to face constant speculation about his position after a slow start and the ongoing rumours of a rift between himself and club legend Francesco Totti.

The constant pressure on Ranieri has made him ponder a return to the English Premier League and the former Chelsea boss did not deny rumours linking him with the Liverpool job.

“I am happy that a team like Liverpool are thinking about me,” Ranieri said after his side beat Cesena 1-0.

“I am very proud to lead the team of my home city, but there are pros and cons.”

When quizzed on Roma, Ranieri hopes that his side can improve their form on the road after they won just away from home for just the third time on Sunday.

“We have not won away from home very often this campaign and this is an important result for us,” he said.

“My players kept going until the end and were rewarded for such an approach with all three points.”

“It was not easy because Cesena made life difficult for us and we had to be patient and not give up hope. I hope this victory will mark a turning point for my team.”