Evening Ticker: Liverpool pushing Rafa out, Serbia stumbles again and more

Evening Ticker: Liverpool pushing Rafa out, Serbia stumbles again and more

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Evening Ticker: Liverpool pushing Rafa out, Serbia stumbles again and more

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In perhaps the biggest non-World Cup news of the day, Liverpool has put together a £3 million buyout offer for Rafa Benitez, signaling the likely end of his tenure as Liverpool manager.

Benitez is due a  £16 million payout if his current deal is terminated, but the shaky financial state of the club makes it al but impossible for Liverpool to pay that amount, which means Benitez will have to choose between taking the offere made by the club or staying on as manager of a club that doesn't want him and a club with limited resources to improve the roster.

With Benitez likely to leave, Liverpool's move could signal the likely departures of stars Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, though there is still a chance the club is bought by an owner capable of revamping the team.

Wednesday features several World Cup tune-up matches. Here is a rundown of some of the top results:

Serbia's disappointing pre-World Cup run continued on Wednesday as the popular darkhorse pick settled for a scoreless draw against Poland in Austria.

The draw comes after Serbia suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to New Zealand on Saturday, a defeat that sparked major protests in Serbia.

In other World Cup tune-up action, Brazil disposed of Zimbabwe, 3-0, thanks to goals from Elano, Michel Bastos and Robinho. The Brazilians received a scare when starting goalkeeper Julio Cesar was forced to leave in the first half with a back injury, but the injury was deemed to not be serious.

Paraguay notched its first pre-World Cup win with a 2-0 victory against Greece. Argentine-born striker Lucas Barrios delivered one of the goals for Paraguay.

What do you think of these stories? Think Liverpool is making a mistake getting rid of Benitez? Starting to wonder if Serbia is doomed to disappoint at the World Cup?

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