Anfield man on his way out?
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has been offered a severance deal to leave Anfield, BBC Sport understands.
Benitez led the club to Champions League glory in 2005 but could only guide the Reds to seventh place in the Premier League last season.
The 50-year-old has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, with the Italian giants looking for a coach following Jose Mourinho’s move to Real Madrid.
Benitez’s agent has said he will speak with the Spaniard on Thursday.
Agent Manuel Garcia Quilon said: “We don’t know anything more than what’s being said.
“We’re not saying anything.”
Liverpool declined to comment on the rumours on Wednesday.
It is believed that it would cost the club about £16m to pay off Benitez, who joined Liverpool in June 2004.
But reports on Wednesday suggested the club was discussing a compromise compensation package worth £3m.
As well as the 2005 Champions League triumph, Benitez also steered Liverpool to the European Super Cup in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006.
They enjoyed an impressive Premier League campaign in 2008-09, finishing as runners-up, four points behind champions Manchester United having lost just two games all season.
But they were hugely inconsistent last season, losing 11 times in the league and exiting the Champions League in the group stages. They dropped into the Europa League and reached the semi-finals where they lost to Atletico Madrid. (BBC Sport)
So there you have it. Is Rafa set to take the offer on the table and leave? He could well be Inter Milan bound or perhaps another offer is on the cards. Either way it looks quite possible that the Spaniard’s up and down time at the Merseyside club could be set to end.
Do Liverpool fans think a deal will be done? Will they miss Mr. Benitez if he does leave.