Rafa Benitez dreaming of Liverpool return

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Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is dreaming of a sensational return to Liverpool, according to the London Evening Standard. 

It has been claimed, citing reports in Spain, that the 54-year-old former Chelsea manager is set to leave the Serie A outfit at the end of the season, with a move back to Merseyside now a possibility.

Anfield hero 

Benitez, who was in charge at Anfield between the years of 2004-10, secured Champions League success for the club, quickly establishing his hero status among the Kop.

And now, five years after leaving the club behind, it appears that he could return for a second stint in charge, but it remains to be seen as to whether the Reds' hierarchy attempt to move current boss Brendan Rodgers on at the end of the season.  

Rodgers, of course, almost led the club to the Premier League title last term, however was left empty handed as his side finished in second place. 

Season struggles 

And this season has proved a tricky one for the Merseyside club, with it now looking likely that they will miss out on Champions League football for next season. 

In fact, with just seven Premier League fixtures left, Rodgers's side currently sit as many as seven points behind current champions Manchester City, who occupy the fourth place in the division. 

Rodgers and Co. will no doubt be hoping to secure FA Cup silverware this term, but must first get past Blackburn Rovers in tomorrow night's FA Cup quarter-final replay at Ewood Park.

Wrong move 

Of course Benitez is a club hero and would be welcomed back with open arms by the Reds' faithful, but perhaps it would be the wrong decision to bring him back to Anfield this summer. 

At the end of the day, despite problems this term, Rodgers appears to have a long term plan on Merseyside, and deserves at least one more season to produce the goods. 

If in another year Liverpool haven't improved, then questions really will have to be asked of the Rodgers regime, but his time hasn't come just yet. Going back to Benitez now doesn't seem worth it even if he is available. 

The sensible decision would be to give Rodgers one more summer to build his team, but football doesn't always work that way. 

Liverpool fans: Do you want Benitez to return? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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