IS IT THE LONG GOODBYE FOR BENITEZ?
WITH Liverpool's last remaining realistic hope of domestic glory shattered by Reading after Shane Long's extra-time winner at Anfield on Wednesday night, is it time for the Mersey giants to dismiss their manager?
Robert Huth's late equaliser for Stoke on Saturday heaped more pressure on Rafa Benitez ahead of Wednesday's crunch clash with Tottenham.
Although starting the season with high hopes after finishing runners-up last term, things have gone from bad to worse for the club with a costly Champions League exit also forcing them into the less glamorous Europa League.
Star duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard aggravated injuries against Reading to cause more worry for Benitez and the club's supporters.
Boos and groans were heard at the final whistle of both normal and extra time and the supporters' patience and belief in Benitez is wearing thin.
So should the Reds sack their boss - even if he would be due a hefty compensation package after only signing a new deal last year?
Remember he won the Champions League in his first season after arriving from Valencia and also took his team to the final of the competition two years later. Benitez also led his side to FA Cup glory in 2006 with a penalty shoot-out win over West Ham.
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