Jose Mourinho is in the frame for Rafa Benitez's job at Liverpool.

The Sun says Mourinho has not yet, however, been lined up to replace him - even though past verbal swipes at the club have not stopped him having supporters within Anfield.

But Mourinho cannot take another Premier League job this season and his own reputation for speaking his mind has not gone unnoticed by the Americans.

Yet he was a strong contender for the Liverpool job before Benitez was appointed in 2004 and is a big admirer of the club's achievements.

The Americans are so enraged at Benitez trying to call their bluff they are now close to running out of patience.