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“Howdy pardner, wanna sign a new contract?” So was the crux of Tom Hicks’ telephone conversation with Rafa Benitez earlier this week, as the American pioneers look to jump on the bandwagon of Liverpool’s early season success.


The offer even has the full support of clean-shaven co-owner, George Gillette. In spite of what he sees as bare-faced rebellion by the goatee wearing Spaniard.

No matter, Benitez is keen. “The other day I was joking that if they offered me a 20-year contract I'd be really pleased,” chortled the Spaniard, jovial at the prospect of a GBP100m deal.

Benitez, however, won’t be offered a 20-year contract. Times are hard, even in the disposable razor business, and a 5-year deal is more likely.

The move has been met with joy by Liverpool fans, who don’t know any better, and, surprisingly, the modern art fraternity.

"Put a s**t hanging from a stick in the middle of this passionate, crazy stadium and there are people who will tell you it's a work of art,” mused football philosopher, Jorge Valdano, prior to last season’s Champions League semi-final at Anfield. “It's not: it's a s**t hanging from a stick."

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