Liverpool fans have been reacting online to the news Rafa Benitez is close to becoming Everton’s new manager.

Benitez is beloved by Liverpool fans after leading the club to their fifth European Cup with a miraculous comeback victory over AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005.

The Spaniard, who arrived from Valencia in 2004, then steered the club to FA Cup victory in 2006, as well as another Champions League final in 2007.

Benitez also led the Reds to a second-place finish in the Premier League in 2009 and still lives in Wirral with his family.

And as revealed by the ECHO on Wednesday evening, the Kop icon is close to becoming Everton’s new manager.

The ECHO understands the Spaniard is edging closer to being appointed as Blues boss after moving past Nuno Espirito Santo into pole position for the role.

And here is how Reds fans have been reacting to the news on Twitter.

Since leaving Liverpool 11-years ago, Benitez has gone on to manage Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid and Newcastle.

The 61-year-old has been out of work since he left Dalian Professional in China earlier this year and has been keen to return to top-flight management.

"I moved to China because there were no top sides here, so I needed to keep competing and doing my job,” he said last month.

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"But at the moment I'm quite keen to stay in England, in Liverpool. I'm watching every Premier League game and sometimes Championship games so that I'm always ready.

"The priority is England, the Premier League, my family is here and I like the style of football here. I will try to be ready here.

"I am watching the Serie A because it is a good league for me but there, in France, in Germany, in Portugal, I don't see too many options in these countries to have a project where you can develop players and make the team more competitive."