Liverpool Football Club

The recent criticism of Rafael Benitez has been unfair to say the least. A manager with his CV in the last 8 years should be unquestioned. He has delivered trophies during times when it seemed a distant dream. Lets do a quick recap and comparisons to other managers.

Rafa took over in 2004. At the time, Liverpool were in bad shape. Steven Gerrard was single handedly carrying Liverpool through and the squad was simply not good enough. With his astute knowledge of the Spanish game, Rafa made a brilliant signing in Xabi Alonso, a fantastic passing midfielder reminiscent of Jan Molby. However, funds were limited and Rafa was constricted in the transfer market because of this.

Liverpool improved, but our league form was still inconsistent. In the Champions League, he instilled a self belief that has not been seen at Anfield for many a year. A belief that no matter what happens, we will overcome. Liverpool came back famously from 1-0 down to beat Olympiakos 3-1, ensuring qualification for the 2nd round. That moment, when Gerrad drilled the ball home, prompted dreams among every Liverpool supporter in the world. is this our year?

As we know, Liverpool overcame Juventus, Chelsea, and once again, a comeback from 3-0 to claim their 5th European title against AC Milan. The best European final ever. All this in his first year. The following year, Liverpool went on to win the FA Cup, coming back twice, from 2-0 down and 3-2 down, once again showing the character Benitez had ingrained in the team.

Following season, we reached our 7th คู่บอลสเต็ป ufabet Champions League final. All this with a squad he was not completely happy with. Liverpool could not simply compete with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in the transfer market. However, the intervention of an American takeover has changed that. Liverpool then smashed their record signing fee by signing a class act in Fernando Torres. How Liverpool needed a world class player like him. It is only now, that we can really begin to judge Benitez. He finally has a squad that can compete with the rest of the big guns. The fact that he could compete with the previous squad borders on miraculous. Just imagine what lies ahead when he has the squad he truly wants.

Does this mean Liverpool will win the league this season? I personally don’t think so. They are on the brink of going out in the Champions League and have not been convincing enough in the EPL. Now remember, this is the first time Liverpool has a squad like this. Its not the same players as previous seasons. New players need to adjust, adapt to his rotation policy, which, lets face it has worked for him many years. All this takes time, a championship winning side is not built in 1 season. Case in point, Manchester United.