Jose Mourinho's much-publicized move to Real Madrid may turn out to be a nightmare for Liverpool.
It's not that Mourinho's departure to Madrid will force Inter Milan into signing Rafa Benitez. Instead, Mourinho is a known admirer of Steven Gerrard and will obviously want to work with the Kop captain whom he tried to lure while managing Chelsea.
Gerrard is fast approaching the twilight years of his football career and would like to take up a new challenge after spending most of his career at Merseyside.
Liverpool's current woeful plight could also force Gerrard to seriously rethink his future strategies.
The cash-strapped Merseyside club is going through a rough patch and will take a considerable time to bounce back from their miseries.
Gerrard's ambition of winning the Premier League with Liverpool looks like a distant dream at the moment, and he isn't getting any younger. A move away from Merseyside is the best thing Gerrard could do to put his career back on track.
Meanwhile, Mourinho is demanding total control over the Madrid club's transfer activities before putting pen to paper, which clearly shows Mourinho is not too keen on the financial benefits.
A call from Mourinho will be too good for Gerrard to turn down, knowing that Liverpool is not going anywhere on their current pitiable track unless a big takeover takes place in the immediate future.
A bid in the region of £40m would be enough to secure the services of the Kop captain. Benitez may try to resist any such advances from Mourinho, but after a tumultuous 2009-10 campaign, Benitez and Gerrard are not on the best of terms.
In addition to that, the chance to play with some of the world's best players—Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka—would be the right incentive for Gerrard to join Real Madrid.
Likewise, Inter Milan is also interested in sealing a deal to take Gerrard to Italy. That's a sensible wish following a treble-winning season.
Gerrard's departure is guaranteed whether or not Mourinho goes to Spain. Liverpool is standing in between the devil and the deep blue sea; if it's not Real Madrid, then it will be Inter Milan.
What Benitez must do now is short-list a number of top-class players to replace the outgoing captain before it's too late to react.
For the time being, the water is still. Gerrard is busy preparing himself for a crucial World Cup, and Real Madrid is still negotiating with Mourinho.
But beware of the still water—once Real Madrid reaches an agreement with Mourinho, it will not take much time to table a bid to Liverpool when the transfer window opens in a week's time.