Reds talks for Martinez - Whelan
Dave Whelan says he has given Wigan boss Roberto Martinez permission to discuss the vacant Liverpool job with Fenway Sports Group.
Martinez is now expected to fly to Boston early next week to meet John Henry and Tom Werner.
Latics chairman Whelan, talking to The Times on Thursday, said: "It is true that I've given Liverpool permission to speak to Roberto.
"I don't know the exact timescales of when he is due to meet with the Liverpool owners, but I will never stand in Roberto's way."
FSG are expected to have other managerial targets in mind as well as they seek a replacement for Kenny Dalglish.
Whelan later elaborated to Sky Sports News: "When they (Liverpool) phoned me, I was actually with Roberto and having a meeting about what to do next season.
"I have always said that when a big club comes, he will have permission to talk to them - and Liverpool, 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 it will be quite soon.
"When Liverpool sacked Kenny, I have to say I thought Liverpool would be knocking on the door and sure enough they are.
"I would love to keep him, but I have told Roberto he has my permission to speak with Liverpool."
Later on Thursday night, Dalglish voiced his gratitude to Liverpool fans for their show of support following his dismissal.
In a message on Twitter, the Scot wrote: "Overwhelmed by the support of the fans. Always been special but even more so now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. YNWA (You'll Never Walk Alone) and I never have."