After last night's exit from the Champion's League, Rafa Benitez's position as Liverpool boss has been hotly debated on TV and in the press.
Failure to finish fourth and qualify for next seasons CL would have catastrophic consequences for the club with an estimated minimum loss of £20 million for Liverpool.
Christian Purslow last night came on and said that Rafa's job is safe and that he is just 4 months into a new 5 year contract, so they are looking at the long term picture, rather than a knee-jerk reaction to a poor few months.
All this is very laudable and it is the Liverpool way of old, we don't sack our managers, especially not one who brought us to second in the Premier League last season.
However, should we fail to finish 4th this season, something will have to be done.
Hicks and Gillette put £350 million of debt onto the club when they bought it, scum, and simply cannot afford to pay off Benitez's contract.
There is a ground-zero, nuclear option however.
Rafa said, out of the blue, last week , that if Fernando Torres is sold, he would quit Liverpool.
Hicks and Gillette would pick up £75 million for our star striker, which would help pay off some of our debt.
Rafa would then walk away, meaning they would not have to pay off his £20 million contract.
They could then look for a new manager without being strapped for cash, as they are now.
Doomsday scenario, I want Rafa to stay as , despite everything, I still think he is the right man for the job
But if we don't finish 4th, I fear the worst.