Don’t worry, Rafa is staying at Liverpool… right?

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The Guardian reports that after Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United, which put the kibosh on any immediate Liverpool aspirations to mixing it with the big boys, Rafa Benitez engaged in “amicable and constructive” talks with American paymasters Gillett and Hicks. The news that Gillett and Hicks didn’t place Rafa in some kind of crude guillotine during the meeting has been interpreted as a sign that he won’t be sacked anytime soon.

After their 1-0 loss to United, Liverpool released the following statement:

“At the meeting held this evening involving Tom Hicks, George Gillett, [the director] Foster Gillett, [the chief executive] Rick Parry and Rafael Benítez, which was wide-ranging and positive, discussions were amicable and constructive. All those present are united in their desire to bring further success to the club.”

Although Liverpool didn’t completely disgrace themselves on the pitch, a fan in the stands did throw a golf ball at Wayne Rooney (which will prompt the usual FA ‘wrath’) and the defeat itself saw Liverpool drop to fifth, nine points behind United and 10 behind Arsenal. Plus, we all know how these votes of confidence are. So how safe is Rafa really?