I’m torn, I mean seriously torn, about whether Kenny should be given the opportunity to stay for another year to show exactly what he can or cannot do at Anfield. I just don’t want to have to suffer another season of frustration and disappointment like the one we just had to endure, especially in the league, and be no better off 12-months from now and fall even further behind the likes of Man City and Man United. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Rafa Benitez’
Tags: Brian Reade, John Henry, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Tom Werner
Tags: FSG, Joe Cole, Liverpool FC, Rafa Benitez
A good mate of mine forwarded me an excellent email from a good mate of his which listed the players he felt should be let go this summer because a) they just aren’t good enough and b) so Kenny has more money to spend in the summer. A timely and important topic in my book.
I won’t name the good fella who wrote the email but you can find him in one scene in the documentary “One Night in May” right in the middle of the stands as it fades from a profile of Ancelloti to the Liverpool fans behind.
So here’s his list of players who should go and why: (more…)
Tags: Jamie Carragher, Liverpool FC, Michael Owen, Peter Crouch, Rafa Benitez, Steven Gerrard
Tags: Alex Ferguson, Football Association, Manchester United, Mark Clattenburg, Rafa Benitez, Wayne Rooney, Wigan Athletic
Just like the Football Association, I watched the replay of Wayne Rooney mugging Wigan’s James McCarthy (to watch the video CLICK HERE). The fact they decided to take no action is utterly amazing and quite literally incompetent. Like a schoolboy bully Rooney ran up behind McCarthy and elbowed him on the side of the head when he wasn’t looking, a foul that was clearly seen by referee Mark Clatternburg, but who decided to simply give a free kick. Rooney should have been sent off, no question.
But of course he’s Fergie’s boy and just like Rafa Benitez said 2 years ago, when he went on his Ferguson rant, there’s one rule for Man Utd. and another for everyone else.
It only goes to show how right Rafa was.
Tags: Dirk Kuyt, Inter Milan, Liverpool FC, Rafa Benitez
The rumour-mill has it that Dirk Kuyt is pondering his future at Anfield and is considering a move to Rafa Benitez’s new club, Inter Milan, after a £15million bid last week. The fact that Rafa wants Kuyt should be no surprise to anyone as he could have had a broken ankle and he would have still been in Benitez’s starting eleven. Hodgson, after his conversation with Milan’s owner Massimo Moratti, says there is no offer on the table for Kuyt, or indeed Mascherano. (more…)
Tags: Liverpool FC, Rafa Benitez, Yossi Benayoun
Yossi Benayoun has broken his silence and revealed the reason why he left Liverpool. Rafa Benitez.
Benayoun was probably one of Liverpool’s most versatile, hard working, utility players over the last few seasons and to hear that Benitez did nothing but undermine his confidence is unforgivable.
“If I played well, I never felt he gave me credit,” Benayoun told the News of the World. ”When I scored, I still expected to be out of the team the next game. On two occasions early last season, against Fulham and Lyon, the fans booed when I was subbed. They thought I was playing well but Benítez told me he was surprised the fans booed because I was not good enough.
“He tried to destroy my confidence. You can’t treat a player like this and expect him to be happy.”
Before the final game of the season Benítez told Benayoun “You will not be in the squad for this game. Thank you for your three years of service, now you can call your agent to do a deal with another club” hence the move to Chelsea.
With every story like this there is usually another side to the argument, however, when you look at what happened to Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane and Albert Reira, Benayoun’s explanation seems extremely credible. Even Steven Gerrard, in his autobiography, made it clear Benitez would never compliment a player on his performance no matter how outstanding.
I was one of those Liverpool supporters who felt Rafa’s time was up at Anfield. This only reinforces the Board made exactly the right decision.
Tags: LFC, Liverpool Football Club, Rafa Benitez, Rafalution
On May 10th I set up a simple poll which asked if Rafa was still the man to lead Liverpool. Of the 206 votes cast 57% (117) said ‘No’ and felt it was time to end the ‘Rafalution’ and find a new manager, with 43% (89) feeling Benitez should still be the man in charge. In comparison, when I asked the same question back in December only 29% felt it was time for a managerial change.
Tags: Liverpool FC, Rafa Benitez
Back in December I asked a very simple question: Is Rafa Benitez still the man to lead Liverpool FC? Of the 307 votes cast, 71% felt we should still have faith in Benitez with only 29% feeling it was time for a change. Now the season is over I’m going to ask the same question:
Is Rafa still the man to lead Liverpool FC? Yes or No.
Tags: Fernando Torres, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Mascherano, Rafa Benitez
With all the newspaper talk surrounding Rafa Benitez and his possible, if not imminent, move to Juventus the question becomes who should succeed him if he does decide to leave?
Rafa appears to be in the drivers seat in his negotiations with the club, according to some newspaper reports, as his departure might also mean the loss of Fernando Torres and Mascherano, but what truth there is to this god only knows. Hopefully none. It also seems that keeping Rafa as manager would make it easier for Martin Broughton to attract new investors to Liverpool, but again how true this is remains unclear. (more…)
Tags: English Premier League, Fernando Torres, Liverpool Football Club, Rafa Benitez
I think I’m on safe ground in stating that Fernando Torres is one of the finest strikers in the world and as such has every right to want and expect to play in a team with players of the same calibre. On his website Torres says “The most important thing is for the club is to try and sign quality players, footballers who improve the quality of current squad… next season we want to be challenging for the Premier League title, and the Champions League or Europa League, but for that to happen we need some new signings”.