Whelan reveals Reds' Martinez approach
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has given Liverpool permission to speak to manager Roberto Martinez about the manager's job at Anfield.
The Reds are seeking a manager following Wednesday's departure of Kenny Dalglish.
And Whelan told Sky Sports News: "If Liverpool are serious then I may lose him."
The Wigan chairman revealed the Reds made an approach on Thursday afternoon and he gave Martinez permission to speak with them.
"When they phoned me I was actually with Roberto having a meeting on what we are doing next season," he said.
"I did promise Roberto and I have always said when a big club comes he would have permission to talk to them and they don't come any bigger than Liverpool.
"I gave him permission and he will be talking to them soon - I don't know when, but quite soon."