Rafa leaves Anfield, takeover announcement “imminent”

Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez has now left Anfield on what is expected to be the day that Liverpool's new owners are formally announced.

An announcement had been expected first thing this morning, but as the day ticked on there was no official word from Anfield. Sky Sports cameras showed Rafa arriving at 9.30am, an hour after the expected new owners, Hicks and Gillett had arrived.

Sky showed Rafa leaving around an hour after he had arrived, and said an announcement was "imminent".

The plans for today had been said to consist of an afternoon press conference following on from the morning announcement. The club have closed the message boards on their official site.

As of 11.45am there was still no official word from the club.