Ex-Liverpool boss linked with EPL rivals

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Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has emerged as a shock candidate for the vacant manager's position at crosstown rivals Everton.

Benitez, who famously guided the Reds to the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League trophy, is currently without a club after parting ways with Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro in January, but could be set to make a surprise return to the Premier League.

According to the Daily Mirror, the veteran Spanish tactician has emerged as the frontrunner to take charge of Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton, who are currently managerless following Carlo Ancelotti's return to LaLiga giants Real Madrid.

Benitez still has a home in the area and it is claimed that the Toffees' chief Farhad Moshiri has already been in contact with him over the vacant position after seemingly missing out on the services of David Moyes and Nuno Espirito Santo.

While the Spaniard's appointment could spark supporter unrest due to his previous ties to Liverpool, Moshiri is believed to be pushing for the two-time UEFA Manager of the Year to take charge as the club looks to continue its pursuit of regular participation in European competitions. 

The 61-year-old also boasts a wealth of experience in the Premier League, following spells at Anfield and with Chelsea and Newcastle United, while his CV also highlights stints with the likes of Valencia, Los Blancos, Inter Milan and Napoli.

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