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Jamie Carragher reacts as Rafa Benitez reportedly set to sign on as Everton boss

Jamie Carragher has delivered a hilarious response on TalkSPORT (Wednesday, 11:10AM) when asked about Rafa Benitez’s reportedly imminent arrival at Everton. Carragher worked under Benitez at Liverpool. Now, the ex-Reds gaffer is reportedly closing in on a move to Everton.

Benitez, 61, spent six years at Liverpool between 2004 and 2010 – clocking up 350 games in charge. He took the Reds to two Champions League finals, famously winning one of those against Milan in Istanbul. He holds iconic status at Liverpool, but is placing that in danger with his next move.

Sky Sports posted a video on their website on Wednesday morning of Benitez arriving at Finch Farm. It is expected he could be announced as Everton manager on Wednesday, despite a backlash from fans. He is likely to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who has returned to Real Madrid.

Carragher – who enjoyed most of his success at Liverpool under Benitez but was a childhood Everton fan – responded when asked about his old manager. He gave a hilarious reaction: “It’s one of those ones where you have to just sit back with the popcorn and watch it all unfold.”

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Is Benitez the right appointment for Everton – amid Carragher comments?

For Benitez, it is ideal. His family live on Merseyside having remained there since his time at Anfield. It sees him take over a club who are pushing for Europe in the Premier League, and gives him a route back into England’s top tier. For Everton, it is also an excellent appointment.

It sees Everton appoint a manager with massive pedigree, with European know how and with a nous in the transfer market. But the fan backlash means he already has to work hard to get the support of the terraces. It might prove to his detriment.

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