Is Rafa Benitez the man Liverpool could turn to if Brendan Rodgers is sacked?

Brendan Rodgers is a man under real pressure at Liverpool, and his recruitment of players this summer following the departure of Luis Suarez hasn’t gone down too well with fans.

Replacing the Uruguayan superstar with players like Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren from Southampton, Alberto Moreno from Sevilla, Lazar Markovic from Benfica and the controversial Mario Balotelli from AC Milan all failing to live up to expectations.

Fans seem to be unhappy with the Northern Irishman’s third season in charge, with the club currently in 11th position in the Premier League after 16 games.

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The large influx of players not performing, the club crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage after a poor showing and injuries to key players have made it a tough few months so far. It’s no surprise that the fans are going to be irate.

A defeat to English Championship high flyers Bournemouth in the League Cup on Wednesday night could be the last nail in the coffin for Rodgers.

Should Liverpool ditch their manager there is plenty of choice with managers who could come in like Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, Ajax’s Frank De Boer and also in the frame is former Reds manager and current manager of Serie A side Napoli, Rafa Benitez.

With Benitez’s current Napoli side underachieving similarly to Liverpool in Serie A, Napoli are reportedly ready to let him go after their less than impressive league run. They again at the weekend, this time to AC Milan.

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It was reported owner Aurelio De Laurentiis criticised his own players in the dressing room after the game.

Benitez took charge of the Naples-based club in June last year after a short spell with Chelsea and won the Coppa Italia in his first season.

But failure to make the Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League after a playoff defeat to Athletic Bilbao this season have seen things go downhill for the Spanish coach.

Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claims that “the possibilities that Benitez will stay are close to zero”.

The Spaniard worked wonders whilst at Anfield, winning the Champions League in his debut season in 2005 and winning the FA Cup in 2006, but trophies dried up after that. It wasn’t until 2012 that the Reds would lift another trophy as Kenny Dalglish guided the team to a League Cup title.

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Benitez is still regarded highly by the Anfield faithful for what he did in his six years in charge, as well as the kind gestures he made on the Hillsborough anniversary date – donating £96,000 to the Hillsborough charity.

The fact that his family are still based in England could be a deciding factor in him possibly coming back to the Premier League. Liverpool need a change of fortunes. Benitez could be the man to come in and change things if Rodgers is axed.

Could Rafa Benitez be a saviour for Liverpool if Brendan Rodgers is sacked?

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