Brendan Rodgers’ recent travails at the Liverpool helm have led to a renewed vibrancy in club’s next permanent manager market.
Outgoing Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp heads the betting at 3/1, with Ajax boss Frank de Boer one of two 7/1 second favourites as things stand.
Lurking alongside the Dutchman, dangerously close in the reckoning, is the ever-present spectre of the Reds’ Champions League winning mastermind Rafael Benitez.
The Spaniard’s on-going lure is understandable, with an interim spell at Chelsea reaffirming his abilities and his Napoli in the Europa League semi-finals.
However, despite leading his current employers to the last four of the continent’s consolation competition, it seems his inability to oversee sustained levels of league success remains a flaw in his profile.
Benitez’s best top-flight finish at Anfield was when placing second, four points behind Manchester United, in the 2008/09 campaign.
Yet he was gone by the end of the following season, with Liverpool out of the Champions League after coming seventh in the final standings.
It was a theme of comparative famine after feast that he previously visited when making his name at Valencia.
Having achieved the mean feat of wrenching La Liga from the hands of the Clasico clubs in 2001/02, his Los Che could muster only a fifth-placed finish in defence of their crown, with winners Real Madrid 18 points ahead at the death.
Fast-forward to 2014/15 and it seems the Spaniard is once more struggling to sustain a consistent level in Serie A with Napoli.
The Azzurri finished a clear third behind omnipotent Juventus and Rudi Garcia’s Roma revelation in Benitez’s maiden campaign, a hefty 13 points clear of Fiorentina in fourth, despite reaching the Europa League round of 16.
A season later their place on the rostrum is looking far less assured, having been leap-frogged into the top three by a vastly improved Lazio side.