RAFA ON THE BRINK?
Rafa Benitez's job at Liverpool is thought to be on the line after their embarrassing defeat by Barnsley in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Various newspapers report that the Champions League will be Benitez's last chance to save his job, after arguably Liverpool's best chance for a trophy slipped away at the weekend.
The Guardian claims that the Liverpool board - despite public assurances from co-owner Tom Hicks to the contrary - will review Benitez's position at the end of the season, regardless of who is in charge of the club at that point.
The Dubai International Capital Group are thought to be closing in on a deal worth around £500million to buy the club from Hicks and George Gillett.
Both The Daily Express and The Daily Mirror go one further by claiming that Benitez will definitely be sacked unless he wins the Champions League this season.
Benitez's run-ins with the current owners have been well documented, but it also seems that DIC are not convinced that he is the right man to lead the club forward, should they complete their takeover.
Now it even seems that patience is wearing thin with sections of the previously staunchly loyal Liverpool fans, support among whom has been almost unshakable since success in the 2005 Champions League.
However, constant team rotation and an apparent lack of progress despite spending some £45million in the summer on new players have left many Liverpool fans wondering if he is the right man.
get lost, raf999!!!