Rafa cancels Broughton meetings to stir future rumours

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has recently cancelled two meetings with new club chairman Martin Broughton, it was revealed today.

The first of the meetings was scheduled when Liverpool fell into problems getting to their Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid in Spain two weeks ago, amid air issues with the volcanic ash from Iceland.

The second is thought to have been in the build-up to the second leg of the Atletico tie, in which the Reds crashed out of Europe, despite winning 2-1 on the night after extra-time.

Speculation as to whether Benitez has a future at the club is reaching fever pitch, after an under pressure season at the club and reports in Italy suggesting he has an offer from Juventus on the table.

Should Benitez be sacked by the club, he could stand to receive as much as £15million in compensation.

On Monday the Spaniard was quoted as saying he was keen to meet with Broughton, despite the cancelled meetings. He said, “I would like to meet with the chairman sooner rather than later to know his idea about the future.

“Still, we are working hard and planning for the future. Liverpool is a massive name in England and again in Europe. Everybody knows about the history of the club and the fans, so we can still attract players to improve the squad.”

Some other reports suggest Benitez is keen to crack on with a plan for the club, once he knows his transfer budget for this summer’s transfer market.

Last week Benitez admitted he needs four or five new first team players to make a challenge for the Premier League title next campaign.