Liverpool fans vote for Benitez return - and his latest comments make it possible

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Napoli boss Rafael Benitez admits that it's hard being away from Liverpool.

Liverpool may have finished second last season, but this term hasn't gone according to plan, as Brendan Rodgers struggles to gain any sort of momentum with the Reds.

The departure of top goalscorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer was obviously a monumental blow, but Rodgers then embarked on a £100m trolley dash in a bid to replenish his squad.

In came Javi Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, but so far, the Reds are languishing in 11th place having won just four of their first 11 Premier League games.

That poor start has piled the pressure on manager Rodgers, and whilst he doesn't appear to be under any immediate danger of the sack, some fans have already made it clear that they would like Napoli boss Rafael Benitez to return to the club as manager.

In a poll recently conducted by HITC Sport, Liverpool fans voted en mass, with 75% stating that they'd rather have Benitez in charge than Rodgers.

Benitez famously led Liverpool to two Champions League finals, winning one, and whilst he didn't win the Premier League, he's an Anfield hero forever.

The Spaniard is already the 6/1 favourite to be the next Liverpool manager, and those rumours have only been fueled by Benitez's latest comments, suggesting that he could leave Napoli this summer as he misses Merseyside, where his family reside.

"Experience tells me we have to work on the current project," Benitez said. "I often speak with [Napoli sporting director] Riccardo Bigon, and I always say to De Laurentiis that he must ensure the future of the club regardless of myself."

"The problem isn’t the renewal, but sharing the same vision, it’s not a question of money or signings. We need to work to see if we can win together going forward or not, and then we’ll see."

"My family are away from me, my wife and two daughters live in Liverpool. It’s the first time I haven’t had them with me, it’s not easy. De Laurentiis knows how important my family values are to me," he added.

Benitez has at least opened the door to a shock return to Anfield, but it would take something catastrophic from Rodgers to open up the position in the dugout.

Fans love Benitez and would love to see him back, but whether owner John Henry would be willing to make that change remains to be seen.

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