November 25th, 2009
09:22 AM ET

Has Benitez reached the end of the road?

For Liverpool, the road has come to a dead end. It may have had its twists and turns, its ups and downs, but after results conspired to dump the five-time European champions from the Champions League, there is nowhere else to go. Out of European competition and out of the English Premier League title race, the Reds are faced with yet another season when they will win no silverware of note.

Has Benitez reached the end of his useful life with Liverpool?
Has Benitez reached the end of his useful life with Liverpool?

You can try to point the finger at the owners of the club or at some of the players, but in my opinion the man to blame is Rafa Benitez. He's had five years to get it right, and although last season he came close to ending Liverpool's title drought, in the end he came up short. A combination of bad buys and questionable tactical choices means he should start thinking about leaving Anfield.

Liverpool should have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. They were placed in a group that was perfectly manageable. Lyon is a good side, but Fiorentina is average at best (by Champions League standards) and Debrecen still has a long way to go before being able to battle with the best. They should have finished in the top two. But they didn't and now one is left to wonder what they have left.

Where to go from here? Thirteen points behind Chelsea in the domestic league, their title hopes are slim at best. So does this squad have enough quality to ensure a bright future? Hardly... the only promising player they have is David N'Gog and he is not someone to build a team around. If you ask me, they have to start from scratch. New manager, new players and new owners.

Steven Gerrard is still strong enough to be a central figure, but they may have to sell Fernando Torres to fund the spending spree they need to become a world class side once again. Let Fernando go for around $120 million and get a handful of players who will make a difference.

Who would be the ideal man to take over? If you ask me, they should look no further than Jose Mourinho. He loves England and England loves him. He has become an unwanted man in Italy with the press growing tired of his antics, and Inter would also allow him to leave considering he will most probably not win the Champions League this season.

Rafa out, Jose in. Torres out, new blood in. Then there may be a bright future at Anfield... because right now, there is nowhere to go.

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  1. nick

    sell Torres? are you mad?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:09 am | Reply
  2. Henry

    Why is Torres worth $120 million?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:48 am | Reply
  3. Mike Sagaran

    Yes, agree that it's time for Benitez to go. A lot of mediocre players were brought and sold. Nothing to build on season after season. Liverpool needs a total change if they want to win silverware next season and the season beyond.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:05 am | Reply
  4. Gold

    If liverpool decides to sell torres oher players will leave because they will feel they are of no importance to the club. Quote me when i say, liverpool will end up like leeds united If a star like torres should be sold.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:07 am | Reply
  5. matt

    i agree with your analysis but Torres $120 million?? i dont think so

    November 25, 2009 at 11:23 am | Reply
  6. Itso - Varna

    Mr. Pinto, have you regularly kept track on the EPL??? Have you done your research right? Torres out?? Bold statements with a serious lack of support... You should underline that this is your opinion at least. To be perfectly honest, this is a poor judgment by a sports anchor... so poor in fact, deserves an apology to the readers of CNN.com. Liverpool is a solid team, won the most significant trophy in the World after the WC and the EC and remained highly competitive. Everyone has their bad times, this is theirs... I say you need no rash calls or suggestions, this won't get you the attention you need to progress in your career.

    Glory, Glory, Glory Man Utd

    November 25, 2009 at 11:25 am | Reply
  7. carleton

    pinto i got ur back with this, but the fans have been blinded by his foolish antics.
    as for torres, he always backed him, when robbie started to pick his form, the newcastle game he was benched so that his confidence falls because torres was to return.
    so pinto, how do we get rafa out, cuz it seems like the owners are not ready to do so.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:27 am | Reply
  8. Manny da Silva.

    Given his track record with Liverpool,Benitez must do the honourable thing .Resign.He cannot possibly still have the confidence of his team,let alone the club owners.If he stays it must mean he has no where to go in terms of another club,with similiar stature as Liverpool.
    Forget Mourinho.Man U. has already made contingency plans to replace Ferguson.
    Liverpool needs an English coach,and start from scratch.
    Torres and Gerrard will move on sooner or later.
    Not a Liverpool fan,but they are a massive club.and deserve to return to their former glory.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:31 am | Reply
  9. Paajo

    For football experts you lot are a bunch of clowns always looking for the next laugh. Only a few months ago all these 'experts' like yourself were hailing Liverpool and tipping them to win the league; fast forward a few months and now you become an 'expert' on how clubs should run and who they should hire??

    There is no need for liverpool to get rid of the manager...lets not forget a certian Ferguson took about 7 years to bring his first trophy to Man united and look how far they have come with sticking with ONE manager. I wonder what would have been the outcome (of Man utd) had they listned to 'experts' like yourself Mr Pinto!

    November 25, 2009 at 11:35 am | Reply
  10. Marcus Unuigbokhai

    Liverpool is my favourite club and it's unfortunate how things are going right now. The Club owners should be blamed for allowing the likes of Alonso to go.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:40 am | Reply
  11. DeclanJude

    Liverpool should not make such a mistake to sell a star like Torres just to raise money, I mean it makes nonesense of the whole thing, let Benitez go, then we need a vibrant coach to overhaul & build a strong team.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:42 am | Reply
  12. Joy

    Are you crazy? Sell Torres is not going to save Liverpool !!

    November 25, 2009 at 11:45 am | Reply
  13. Bamise

    Benitez is not the only one to be blamed, the Yanks must sell the club to a buyer that is ready to invest in fresh blood and leave.They have caused enough damage for us and Torres must not be sold at any price.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:50 am | Reply
  14. Emeka Nwankwor

    I wholly agree with you, but the only point I refuse to agree is that we need to sell Torres. No, we must not sell him – the present owners should just sell up.

    I think the main reason why we are in this position is simply because of Rafa, he does not take risks, his man management is very very poor and his dealings in the transfer market is just beyond belief.

    Some fans claims he won us the champions league in 2005, but they fail to see that he won it with someone else's team coupled with the fact that Milan refused the take the trophy – they simply gave it to us.

    Eventhough Rafa loves to hide under the impression that the owners and injuries are the cause of our poor season; it is very clear that Rafa has lost the plot completely. He feels he is in a comfort zone of total control of the club or how else can you explain the fact that just a couple of months into a new 5-year deal, he set a "record" of winning just a single game in 10.

    He should just do the honourable thing of leaving the club and thank goodness if we can get Jose Mourinho. Most fan don't like the portuguese but I fancy his mental strenght, man management abilities and winning mentality. Rafa lacks these things and that was why we failed last season. Or can anybody tell me if it were Mourinho that was our manager last season he will throw away the fantastic position we found ourselves by Christmas last year? The answer is NO.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:52 am | Reply
  15. Leo

    Torres is not worth $120 are you crazy!!! plus you build around Torres not around Gerrard. Torres is the best player in that team but not $120 million best. liverpool just need a better midfielder and a better rightback, They be alright next year if they have some money to spend IF!!!

    November 25, 2009 at 11:53 am | Reply
  16. Jennifer

    Torres' talent is wasted at Liverpool anyway, he should be sold and Rafa should go.

    November 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  17. Mat

    Sacking Benitez seems like too much of a knee-jerk reaction to a small spell of poor form. Do we really know what happens behind closed doors and how much say Rafa even has to buy/sell and even field a squad? Selling Torres will pick up valuable cash for a team that wont make much this season. Similar to what Milan did offloading Kaka to Madrid. But if they do that they really need to have a plan to replace him up front. I mean without Torres, are N'gog, Kuyt and Babel really ready to score?

    November 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  18. Cesar

    I do not agree with you, how can you think that Torres is worth $120million !!!

    November 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  19. racheal

    soccer is soccer, you have to blame the luck. both the players and manager need time. the timing of the whole situation is the mess otherwise things may change. go liverpool – you will never walk alone

    November 25, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  20. Fred

    This is exactly the kind of emotional analysis a populist newspaper usually does. Hasn't Benitez won the Champions league with Liverpool? If one listens to you, every team has to win all trophies every year... Competition is stronger and stronger. Plus, they will be the absolute favourites of the Europa league. If they win it, it's a quite significant silverware. Let him finish the season and stop the fuzz, it won't do any good. Torres 120m$... you can't be serious.

    November 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  21. Meetei

    Mr. Pinto
    i agree with your views. Liverpool needs fresh manager and fresh blood. Jose Mourinho would be the BEST OPTION for today's Liverpool and he best know how to WIN and how to get BEST PLAYERS with less money – from AFRICAN IN BORN FOOTBALLERS!!

    Cheers and Good Luck Liverpool!!

    November 25, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  22. Richie

    Sell Torres... No Way. Rather just needs to use the English way of doing things and stop this nonsense of doing it the Spanish way. Its why Mourinho was so successful. Its why Mourinho wants to come back to the prem. So... Zonal Marking No!!! Keeping distant from the player No!!! Come on rather show some emotion and they might just want to play for you.

    November 25, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  23. Meetei

    But Torres for 120 M $ is too much – he can be approximately 50-60 M $ at most!! So better keep him and let either same or new club owners invest some more money to new manager – Jose Mourinho.

    May be Jose Mourinho can bring Samuel Etoo'o as well from Intermilan. And few more YOUNG & STRONG mid fields like michael Esien of Chelsea from Africa!!

    November 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  24. Joao Parreria

    Pedro Pinto,

    with a name like that you must be Portuguese hence why you want Jose in, a Spanish out and a Portuguese in, not bad but when you say torres out, it all goes down the toilet.
    Ho

    November 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  25. fedupfan

    what a load of rubbish,sell torres and bring mourinho in!! so who would you buy to replace torres and what makes you think the yanks are about to sell?you would sell masher,beni,cara,reina.....................

    I could go all day but i think you had a bit too much to drink last night and your still feeling the effects!!!

    November 25, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  26. Terry R.

    Ohhhhh what mouth watering news, LET HIM GO LIVERPOOL. I am sure he would make a GREAT fit at Bayern Munich. Please fire Mr. Benitez, so we can fire Van Gaal. PLEASE.

    November 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  27. magnumopus

    What a terrible article. Very short sighted me thinks! Your solution is not a solution but a return to the past. We need to go forward together with the long term plan put in place by the new CEO who has stated that Rafa's job is not questionable now...

    November 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  28. Mika

    Torres is a prolific striker. Rafa is a good manager. Have we forgotten his triumph in his first season when he won the Champions and then a dramatic FA Cup Final win over West ham? In Rafa We Trust, Liverpudians, In Rafa We Trust. Stand by Liverpool, and I am sure success will come around.

    November 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  29. SuperJari

    What a pile of rubbish, sell Torres get Jose in! By selling Torres would mean that money made who service the debt. To sack Benitez would cost too much, to get Jose from Inter would cost too much compensation. You obviously havent a clue.

    Oh and out of one competition and straight into another you will find.

    November 25, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  30. edu

    Pedro,i donnot agree with your line of thought. Benitez is a world class coach that had a lot of injury worries this season. He is just unfortunate this season.Remember the scare you had about Portugal simply because Ronaldo got injured.I did not hear you call for the head of Portugal coach when you failed to top your WC qualifer group. I think you are biased against English clubs.Last time you tried to justify Barsa win against Chelsea. To me your comments where appalling.Football is a game sometimes you lose,other times,you win. Please leave Benitez alone, by the way,how are the Portugese teams faring in CL. LONG LIVE ENGLISH CLUBS

    November 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  31. Eddie

    It's clear Mr Pinto you have little or no insight to the workings and mindset of both the English football fan and more importantly Liverpool fans...

    Let's try to put the next points in a factual context rather than in the opinion of someone like yourself, who clearly doesn't understand the dynamics of my football club. The English fan is not as knee-jerk as most of your American readers. We don't "Whoop and Hollah" overtly when we win and we understand the concept of a drawn game, an aspect non of your home-grown sports are able to grasp. I mention the last point because it's integral to the fact that Benitez will not be sacked and why we won't sell Torres.

    We are patient in England. We see a plan, sometimes it doesn't work out the way we'd like, but we see a plan. It's not always about instant results like it is in your sporting culture.

    We realize it's not a catastrophic failure if we sometimes lose. As long as can measure progress. There is after all only a few pieces of silverware to win and only one team can win the Champions League. By your philosophy, any team that doesn't win either the Premiership or the CL are a failure. Let's take last season. Chelsea. United. Arsenal are failures. Barca are the only relatively successful team.... so let's sack Ferguson. Wenger. Hiddinck....

    I hope by this stage of the argument, you're starting to realize the phallicy of your desire to get rid of someone of the calibre of Benitez, because of a bad run over 11 games....

    And that is exactly what it is, an opinionated desire.

    Here are the facts. Here's what will happen. The Liverpool fans who live here in Liverpool the city are right behind Rafa, unlike you're kissing-cousins Gillette and Hicks, who we'd like to see gone because like most American's they don't understand the English game, it's traditions and the community role each one of our English clubs have inherited. We are not a franchise, and first and foremost we are not a brand. we are a football club.

    Back to the facts. Rafa will still be at Liverpool next season. So will Fernando Torres, and depending on whether we get rid of Hicks and Gillette. Benitez might get some money to buy players who will allow the club to compete on the field with the rich clubs I've mentioned above.

    Until that happens LFC won't compete, but that isn't down to the manger, that is down to two lying shysters with the same nationality as yourself.

    It's true: In Rafa we trust, but you wouldn;t understand that would you Mr Pinto!

    November 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  32. pilki02

    this guy is clearly ill informed,i can understand why people are questioning benitez,even though he is undoubtedly the best man for the job(there will always be idiots to jump on a band wagon) but sell torres takes this idiocy to a new level.

    November 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  33. greatrednorth

    Do you know anything about football & Liverpool FC?... clearly not.

    Your commentary is embarrassing & I'd fire you if I'd half a chance. I run a newspaper & my 10 year old could write a more impelling & poignant piece.

    November 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  34. Okk

    Benitez is a good Coach. What is happening to him and Liverpool at the moment is the usual occassional set back which can happen o anyone.
    He should not be driven out rather, they should encourage and be patient with him.
    Rafa will soon rediscover his chemistry and everything will start working fine if only he will not go into depression before his furtune turns around again.

    November 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  35. ScousePete

    Fact 1. If Rafa left Liverpool today, he would walk into a top job tomorrow............that's how highly thought of he is.

    Fact 2. What has Arsenal won in the last 5 years? Have a go at Arsene instead!!

    Fact 3. Whilst we still have the present owners in place (Moores and Parry hang your heads in shame), we will always be second fiddle to ManU, Chelsea, ManCity etc.....in attracting top quality players to Anfield. We need new investment and a new ground now!!!

    November 25, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  36. oldred

    Complete nonsense.

    LFC have made progress under Benitez and have been more competitive each year during his reign. This year he has had so many players injured that it has disrupted the team. That's part of the reason for the predicament they find themselves in.

    I agree that his tactics are a little frustrating at times. His man management skills are poor at other times. But that could have been levelled at Fergy at Man Utd in his early years.

    Benitez has spent a lot of money over the years, but he is re-shaping the club...from the academy up. This takes time. LFC cannot compete with the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City and some of the so-called smaller clubs who now how billionaire owners willing to spend huge amounts on individual players. Benitez has had to sell to buy – in the main.

    As a season ticket holder, I am perplexed as to why a £20 million player is only seeing between 90 seconds to 15 minutes of a game – given the issues the club has with injuries. I am unsure why Babel doesn't get more of a run in the team...rather than Voronin.

    What I see as the main problem this year is that Rafa is changing the style of play to being more attacking and has started from the back. Unfortunately, this has unbalanced the whole team and as a result has made us more vulnerable. This has seemingly made him try and revert to a more defensive game to stabilise the ship...and it isn't working at the moment. Hopefully with a couple of more forward players (especially an striker) he can re-balance the team and next year we will be more competitive.

    This year is about a champions league place and perhaps picking up a trophy in one of the knock out competitions that they are still in.

    BTW...I don't get the general disregard that a lot of people place on cup competitions such as the league cup and the Europa League...they are honours that many teams would love to be playing in and aspire to win...I would be happy for us to win any of the recognised cup competitions. It's also a little insulting to the teams that qualified for them to treat them as not worth anything.

    November 25, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  37. Shakey

    Big Man U fan and Liverpool's woes give me pleasure.

    What is most important in all of this is that Rafa seems to be out of ideas. That means he has to go. If Liverpool sell Torres, they might as well have a garage sale, most would want out.

    Be patient, the upcoming transfer window is sooo important for Liverpool but Rafa has to go before that. GIve the new boss a chance to make his own selections and not use Rafa's basket to carrry water.

    November 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  38. mario

    Rafa made a big mistake by selling Arbeloa. Why? he got 30 million ewros for Alonsio he had to get another 8 million ewros for Crouch that makes it 38 million ewros . With that amount of money he should have bought David Villa and not a still injured player with all the respect

    November 25, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  39. Ejike

    After rating Ronaldo over Messi before the champions league final, I knew you're Portuguecentric. Torres cant be worth $120m even in an inflated transfer market. Pedro try being more objective because a whole of of bias clouded your post. If the red part of mersey side are unhappy with their manager they can do watever they like with him. Though I've always seen Rafa as an average manager who's been fortunate to be in charge at a big club, lets still remember that 7 years ago, Sir Alex Ferguson crashed out of the champions league without a uefa cup slot to fall back on. Form is temporary, Class is permanent! If liverpool has got the latter they can bounce back without your stimulus package.

    GLORY GLORY GLORY GLORY MANCHESTER UNITED

    November 25, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  40. Paul King

    The idea of selling Torres sounds good but I believe the disadvantages will be more than the advantages: (i) Getting a striker of similar quality will be very hard to come by and may be costly too; (ii) this may have a negative effect of the team (Gerard & Reina have already admitted Alonso's loss); (iii) If Torres & Rafa go, there may no stopping Gerard, Benayoun etc from leaving too. Not even Mourinho will able to put "Humpty Dumpty" back again. The best thing to do for now is win the Europa Cup with the current squad. Rafa is a good coach but my problem with him is his inability to rotate players. I believe if he had done this earlier, people like Babel, Ngog, Voronin etc may have done well. But if he can put this into practice, we may see the REDs rising again. Lastly, with current global situation, i doubt any club (Man City inclusive) may want to pay a huge price to nab Torres.

    November 25, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  41. Haider

    3 things will happen :

    1- Rafa remain in liverpool future
    2- Liverpool players back to there high guilty playing level
    3- liverpool will win glory

    then everyone will said RAFA is the best ..

    YNWA

    November 25, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  42. Talio

    Dont shoot the messenger. English Soccer is not American Football. It is more than a game.Liverpool is having a bad year. It will recover. As small countries have demonstrated recently they can come with players at a fraction of the price quoted for Torres. Liverpool should send out its scouts to the small English clubs and even to countries such as Portugal Greece and Marocco and they will find new palyers at a fraction of the price they think of paying. It will be the folly of the century if they release either Torres or Rafa. Here they can be taught lots from Man United and Sir Alex Ferguson. Thirty four years, come hell or high water,
    John Taliotis
    Cyprus.

    November 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  43. William

    Torres $120m ? you kiddin' me? $60m tops for him, unless Madrid or City buy him, then its probably $70m max

    November 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  44. Malkudi 08

    Pedro, I agree with all but one statement on this subject, Torres is not worth $120,000,000 no one would buy him at that not now so to say. Yes Jose to liverpool!!!

    November 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  45. Eric

    This modern day Liverpool side is strange.
    The owners, the manager and the players don't seem able to work in sync,how do u expect to progress?

    November 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  46. Sean

    $120 mil is only 72 mil pounds. Liverpool could get about that much for Torres.

    November 25, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  47. Eddie

    Mourinho would never be accepted by the indigenous Liverpool fan's, he's despised for his antics in the Carling Cup Final 2006, and the constant whinging over Luis Garcia's goal that knocked Chelsea out of the CL in 2005.

    November 25, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  48. Liverpool Fan 2611

    Here goes.......

    Develop Academy, concentrate on the league, send out the scouts, keep rafa and torres! Get a wealthy arab to buy liverpool or have its fans go for a buyout. Not only the scousers who without them there would be no Liverpool but the huge following that this beautiful club has around the world. I am not a scouser.......but i love my club and I love Liverpool and have been to Anfield many times. There are no more passionate and loving fans then Liverpool.

    For me as a fan, I want the league, its been far too long since we saw this.

    Dont know what Mr Taliotis before me has said, Fergie learnt everything from Paisley and Fagan. A famous quote from Mr Ferguson was that he wanted to build a Liverpool for the 90's.

    As for Gillette and Hicks , I don't want to be censored or deleted so i will keep my thoughts to myself.

    Liverpool are its fans, don't like the way everyone here has insulted Pinto. He is just frustrated.......My advice to Liverpool Fans is be positive and patient and stick together behind the gaffer.

    You will never walk alone.

    November 25, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  49. Paul

    Thought this was a serious analysis til I saw the mention of selling Torres

    November 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  50. larry

    1.Selling Torres wont solve anythin
    2 Getting in a new Manger wont solve anythin
    The crises Liverpool are in happens to all of our favorite teams and gettin rid of somethin always seems to be the right solution but in this case i totally disagree.
    Rafa is the man to guide liverpool to glory he has done it in the past and he will do it again.
    And realisticly speaking who and i mean "REALISTICLY" who can replace Rafa there is no one out there

    Larry Brady
    Sweden

    November 25, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  51. larry

    And i totally agree with Haider u said it spot on

    November 25, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  52. josiah tony

    rafa benitex has not be too good in his choice players recreiutment that is why liverpool is their present mess hence i think he should go but to sell toress i don't i agree.

    November 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  53. pete

    Liverpool always stick by the manager unless it becomes obvious he's taken them as far as he can – as was the case with Houllier/Souness/Evans. Benitez got the squad to overperform last season with limited funds – his actual record in the transfer market bears scrutiny, he has rebuilt the scouting system/academy from the ground up, he is totally committed to the club, loved by the Kop and a great tactician. The owners have failed to deliver, lied to the fans and are a complete joke. They need to go, and go now, before they destroy this club. Benitez needs to be given the funds (more than £18m net spend per annum) to compete especially when we have an unprecedented injury crisis like this otherwise we never have the depth of squad that Chelsea, Man U and Man City and even Arsenal are able to call upon. As for Mourinho, he's not exactly proved himself dependable has he?

    November 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  54. jquasimoto

    I tell you what:

    For all of you you that suggest that Benitez does not fit the bill as Liverpools current manager please explain to me how the owners of Liverpool are not to blame for finances and indecision on commitments that they made to the former owners (in regards to stadium and transfer spending)

    Also who do all of you suggest replace Benitez? I would place money on the simple fact that if Benitez were let go, he would be hired very shortly at Real Madrid, who have been chasing him ever since he left their youth setup for Tenerife and then Valencia. Benitez is having a rough season, he was not allowed to spend the way he would have liked, he was basically forced to sell a very in-form Alonso (somewhat because of his own decisions the prior year) and a horrible injury list. Of course this neglects the other factor which happens to be that the Barclay's Premier League is tough this year. There are no West Brom's, Newcastles or MIddlesborough this year. Although Pompet is really bad. West Ham is not a bad team and I believe will survive the drop.

    November 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  55. Ivan Diaz

    OVER THE YEARS BENITEZ HAD BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB.
    UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS
    FOOTBALL WHICH IS UP TO THE PLAYERS.
    IF PEOPLE LOOK THE PERFORM OF THE TEAMS THIS ARE UP
    AND DOWN. THIS MEANS TO WIN AND TO LOSE, WE ARE NOT
    DEALING WITH MACHINE PERFORMANCES.

    THE MEN HAD BEEN VERY DEDICATED WITH THE TEAM AND WE
    LIKE IT AND SUPPORT BENITEZ VERY MUCH, BUT SOME PEOPLE ARE TOO DEMANDING AND BECAISE HE IS NOT DOING WELL AS
    HE USED TO BE.....AND THEY ARE SAYING HAVE TO GO ???

    November 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  56. Joe

    Pinto,

    Bring Jose Mourinho? Is it because he is Portugese like you or you somehow know the financial position of Liverpool? I am sure you have been a coach in top league, won the FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and the won the League twice in Spain....

    November 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  57. Charles Massa

    Benitez should have the decency to resign. wThe club cannot sack him because this will cost sterling 20M. Alternatively he can be sned him on gardening leave. Knowing Benitez proudness he will resign. in six years he was not capable to build a squad to challange. It is true he won the Champions league and FA cup during the first years, but mostly the team consisted of players who were brought in by Houllier. Come Benitez and his players and his reign was a flop. See the under rated players he bought and the millions he spent, eg Dossena, Babel, Kuyt, Deggen, Voronin Nunez, Morientes, Josemi,. The list of players who did not perform is endless. Benitez always claims that the owners did not give him funsds which is untrue. Lokk at Crouch Keane, Bellamy players which for some reason or another Benitez did not want but are performing well at other clubs.My advise to Benitez is RESIGN GO BACK TO SPAIN AND NEVER COME TO LIVERPOOL AGAIN

    November 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  58. Yonas

    Sell Torres? Start from scratch? Do you even know anything about soccer? Benitez is a great manager, who improved the team considering the investment. He finished second last year, do you think he turned a to a bad manager overnight? you didn't even mention the injury problem the team has this season.

    November 25, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  59. Talio

    I will take a bet. The moment Rafa and Torres become available the first overtures will come from one of the big American Teams. You see in the part of the world where I live we always look behind the facade, looking for motives. Liverpool has friends on every continenet. There are Liverpool Fun Clubs even in the middle of outback Australia and of couse there are Liverpool Fun Clubs in little Cyprus where I live Lets leave this historic team find its own way to glory. Winning the Europa Cup will be good for starters,
    Dr. John C. Taliotis

    November 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  60. browny

    I am not willing to comment on most of these stupid replies, but I just want to point one thing out..
    Lots of you are saying Torres 120m dollars?? no way... etc etc..
    It was announced this week that Liverpool REJECTED a £70m offer from Man City in the summer. This equates to aprox 117m USD.
    So think before you comment.

    November 25, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  61. jack

    Is this guy serious. This article has at least made me chuckle after last nights depression.

    November 25, 2009 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  62. Amstrong

    ...that how the cookies crumbles..painful though...Benitez? too old fashioned and tactically senile......Torres?..must be kept at all cost if ever there is a future for the REDS

    November 25, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  63. Matthew

    Complete and utter rubbish. Very poor journalism. I hope he doesn't get paid to write this drivel because it's not worth the server space it's stored in.

    'The only promising player is David N'Gog?' Says it all really. Please please please don't write about Liverpool ever again. Try write about bobbing lace or something as I'm sure you have just as much insight into that as Liverpool Football Club.

    November 25, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  64. Noel

    Some people on here say Torres is not worth $120M, I agree, but to say $50M, give me a break!! City offered £60m/$100M in the summer and I feel that is what he is still worth. Seems people dont understand the difference between $ and £!!!!!!

    November 25, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  65. tonio Schembri

    Selling Torres ??? Sack Benitez ??? you must be out of your mind !!!

    It is the owners who needs to move away.

    Tonio Schembri

    Malta

    November 25, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  66. TOM

    Personally i cant see where you are coming from mr pinto. money is a big part of football whether you like it or not. Chelsea were mediocre till abramovich came in. he spent millions and they can compete at any level financially. even man united can. over the years we havent had that. people say we have spent hundreds of million but we have re-couped a lot of that. Money is a big problem easily the biggest. this season if we kept alonso and added Johnson Aquilani and maybe one two more we'd be up the top of the league and qualified for the latter stages of the champions league. Benitez has made mistakes and his stubborness does test your patience but he works under the restraints he has and has lost out on players because of people like rick parry in the past including VIDIC SIMAO BARRY. last season he wanted barry first. that should have been delievered. yes he has made mistakes but the owners have suffocated him on the money side this season. we are most vunarable out of the top four but they cant see that. on the playing front its a problem not just to do with alonso leaving. last season Liverpool had four defense 1st defenders in arbeloa carragher skrtel aurelio then mascherano and alonso infront. with glen johnson you have a great player but not as aware as arbeloa in a positional sense. Lucas is a poor player lets be honest and he has the job of replacing xabi. not an enviable task but benitez should know he isnt god enough. HE IS SIDEWAYS OR BACK ALL THE TIME. HIS MOVEMENT AND REACTION ARE AWFUL. then emiliano insua. he is by far the biggest problem this season. watch the man united game the only joy they got was valencia attacking insua. against fiorentina insua played jovetic on side which he did against birmingham last monday that nearly cost us again. the 2nd goal aganist fiorentina came down his side. the 2nd goal against lyon at anfield he got beaten way to easy. He isnt a bad player just been found on too many occasions that im shocked everybody has missed. WE HAVE LOST OUR SHAPE AN THATS THE CRUCIAL PROBLEM. YOU CANT GO FROM HAVING A GOOD BACK LINE AND TWO SITTING INFRONT TO THIS. LUCAS INSUA ARE THE TWO WEAK LINKS THEY ARENT GOOD ENOUGH. Ryan babel should play more that is something im also at my wits end with. voronin against lyon away?? he shouldnt even have the chance to wear that shirt. Injuries have played there part but they have just shown the obvious...our back-up players arent good enough. In the summer we should of had the 12m from robbie keane then 32 from alonso and 8 from arbeloa. thats 52m!!! we spent 38m. so 14m has gone missing. and as everybody knows we never payed the full 18m for johnson because portsmouth owed us money from crouch. so it probably works out at nearer 20m that went missing. its embarassing that the two americans are still at the club. look at tottenham and man city this past year or so. even sunderland. you put out money you will progress. thats the nature of football. Like i mentioned before if we had kept alonso and brought in aquilani johnson and 1 more we'd be fighting on all fronts. last of all mascherano. IF HE WANTS TO GO, GO. He seems to forget how much faith we shown in him getting him in from west ham when he was down an out. he should be loyal to the fans and a coach that has brought him back to his best. It cant have a good effect on the team can it?? let him go. mind you if we sold him for 30m the americans would give us 10m to spend. go figure

    November 26, 2009 at 12:05 am | Reply
  67. KOP4LIFE

    Please be unbiased on your articles on LFC and Benitez! Would you have said the same with regards to SAF, AW or whoever is head of CFC had the same crop up?

    Didn't see your article anywhere when CFC were trouble last season before Guus Hiddink came in.

    November 26, 2009 at 1:48 am | Reply
  68. Neil

    Im a spurs fan but I have a soft spot for liverpool and was rooting for them all last season however Torres aint worth 120m as good as he is and for u to sell him would be a weakening of the team if u ask me no matter how much u get for him, there is no replacing him whatsoever and by the way if u guys do sack bennitez just do me a favour and stay away form good old arry redknapp!
    Pretty pretty please!

    November 26, 2009 at 1:58 am | Reply
  69. john

    okay, everybody (at least every dyed in the wool liverpool supporter) is keen to keep Torres, one of the few class acts at liverpool these days, and suggestions to sell brings them out in a cold sweat....

    but where you going to get the money from to buy players otherwise?? certainly not the owners, too busy paying the interest on their credit card bill!! and no more money from the champions league this season underlines that....

    and you can't make any serious money by selling 90 % of the rubbish that Benitez has acquired...

    interesting article though, cheers

    November 26, 2009 at 6:29 am | Reply
  70. Satha

    Agreed. The whole squad might as well be changed. Gerrard and Carragher are too old. Torres is good but can get a lot of money if we sell him and with that can get deadly finishers yet. Rafa's questionable tactics and purchases must stop. Get Jose, if possible. He can't be worse than Rafa.

    November 26, 2009 at 6:33 am | Reply
  71. igorsuncledave

    I dont know if you actually watch the English top flight and follow the exploits of Englands most successful club but one thing you must realise, we dont sack managers part way through a rebuild, let alone through a season. This is not the Liverpool way. We have removed one of the main reasons why we are in the current position and that was Rick Parry. For years this half-wit was holding the club back financially and thus starving us, the fans, of building ans watching our side develope and match the likes of Manchester Utd.

    Now, we are miles behind and continuing to fall behind. We can not bring in the multi-million pount stars because we do not have the money.

    So what is your answer? Get rid of one of the best managers in the world and sell arguably the best striker in the World! It is laughable! Brining in Mourinho might be a long term answer but exactly what could he do at this present time? We have a side full of injuries, does he have special healing hands? Sell Torres and release funds, can he replace Torres? Who with? He might be the special one but you can not replace a talent like Torres.

    No Mr Pinto, I suggest you look to the owners of the club. They are the ones that need replacing. Within days of being paraded to the Scouse faithful they were parading wads of money claiming that they were going to be plashing out loads of it. Where has it gone? They claimed that they would be starting on the much needed new stadium within 60 days, yet here we are almost 3 years later and not a brick laid.

    Remove the Americans and allow Rafa and Christan Purslow to continue their rebuild. Torres to go? Get with the real world!

    November 26, 2009 at 6:55 am | Reply
  72. joe joe

    i guess its a lesson for rafa...but look at the bright side...1st team will focus on title chase while 2nd string can play for EUROPA ....

    November 26, 2009 at 7:05 am | Reply
  73. Gary Littler

    Get a grip of yourselves!!! Our first real bad run of form in 6 seasons and you get people like you calling for the managers head and saying for us to sell the best striker in the world to build a team!!!! Are you mad?? Torres is the biggest bargain in football over the last 5 years maybe more and Rafa has slowly but surely improved our club and team, the problem is we have 2 Americans who know nothing about football running the club!!!! They are the problem not Rafa!!!! If Benitez was funded properly (for a club of our stature) the man would make us the team we once were when we dominated the world of football!!

    Yes we are playing poorly at the moment but that has to be expected when the owners of our club are lining there pockets and servicing the debt burdend on the club by themselves by taking our transfer funds!!!!

    WE HAD BETTER BACKING UNDER DAVID MOORES!!!!! Open your eyes look at the bigger picture, get off Benitez's back and support your club!!!!!!

    November 26, 2009 at 8:52 am | Reply
  74. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE

    Liverpool's Record In Europe:

    Graeme Souness:

    1991/92 – UEFA Cup 4th round (lost to Genoa)

    1992/93 – Cup Winners Cup 2nd round (lost to Spartak Moscow)

    1993/94 – Not in Europe

    Roy Evans:

    1994/95 – Not in Europe

    1995/96 – UEFA Cup 2nd round (lost to Brondby)

    1996/97 – Cup Winners Cup semi final (lost to PSG)

    1997/98 – UEFA Cup 2nd round (lost to Strasbourg)

    Gerard Houllier:

    1998/99 – UEFA Cup 2nd round (lost to Celta Vigo)

    1999/00 – Not in Europe

    2000/01 – WON UEFA CUP

    2001/02 – Champions League Quarter Final (lost to Leverkusen)

    2002/03 – UEFA Cup 5th round (lost to Celtic)

    2003/04 – UEFA Cup 4th round (lost to Marseille)

    Rafael Benitez:

    2004/05 – WON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    2005/06 – Champions League 1st knockout phase (lost to Benfica)

    2006/07 – Champions League Final (lost to AC Milan)

    2007/08 – Champions League Semi Final (lost to Chelsea)

    2008/09 – Champions League Quarter Final (lost to Chelsea)

    2009/10 – Champions League Group Stage (knocked out by Fiorentina and Lyon)

    Have a good, long look at the above records. Look at what we've achieved under Benitez. Before he came to the club we'd only ever progressed passed the Group Stage once. Since the ban after Heysel, we'd only once got past the group stage. Read that again: only ONCE had we got past the Group Stage.

    Now have a look at our record in the competition since he's been at the club:

    We've reached two Finals, winning one of them. We've reached a semi final and another quarter final, each time losing to the richest team in Europe with a squad put together with no expense spared; in complete contrast to the budget Rafa's had to work to.

    In this season of poor form, injuries and having the financial rug pulled from underneath the manager, meaning he couldn't replace the striker he lost in January etc – we've dropped out in the Group stages for the first time in his tenure.

    Now people want him sacked for it? Absolute madness!

    Because of what Rafael Benitez has done to this club, you've now become like spoilt little brats. He's given you something you couldn't have dreamt about 5 years ago, but now you want more. Greed, greed and more greed.

    Take a step back, look at who we're competing with, and try to realise the size of the task we've got. We've massively overachieved over the past few years, mainly due to his brilliant signings (although they are ignored so people can criticise free transfers like Voronin – also ignoring the fact he's only still at the club as the money Rafa had lined up for a new striker was taken out of his pocket in the summer).

    In The League, we're now competing with Chelsea, United, Man City and Tottenham; all of whom have assembled a more expensive squad than our own and have a higher wage bill than ourselves. Aston Villa and Arsenal aren't far behind.

    Man City and Tottenham have been underacheiving due to poor management and underperforming players in recent years; ourselves and Arsenal have been overachieving – mainly due to good management. United and Chelsea are doing what's expected of them.

    Not only do people expect us to win The League with the 5th most expensive squad and 5th highest wage bill, but they also expect us to win The European Cup as well. Not asking much are you?

    "But we're Liverpool"

    Not anymore we're not. Not as you once knew it. We haven't been for over 20 years.

    Were we "Liverpool" throughout the past 15 years before Rafa came to the club, when we didn't have a sniff of the league and were regularly knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the early rounds? If we'd even qualified for Europe at all.

    The current media frenzy surrounding our manager has whipped up the hysteria so much that everyone you speak to seems to view Rafa Benitez as a figure of ridicule. Fans of every other club are in on the act, but it's not even close to listening to our own fans buying into it and being caught up in the media storm. Nobody seems to have a mind of their own anymore and are taken in by the media machine, sometimes without even realising. Look at the hysterical reaction to him bringing on Aquilani last night. Hysteria over a time wasting substitution in a game we'd just won!

    You're disappointed we went out last night because of the high expectations our manager has set over his previous 5 years at the club. Before that it was deemed as a massive success to even qualify for the Group Stages, never mind qualify from them.

    Under Roy Evans we broke the British transfer record. Under Houllier we spent big money on players. So while Benitez has spent around the £20m on Torres, Keane, Aquilani and Johnson, the bar has been raised to a completely different level by the likes of Chelsea, Man City, Man United etc.

    We've been left behind financially due 20 years of mis-management, but it's been made ten times worse over the past few years due to the leeches we now have as owners of our club that are slowly bleeding us dry.

    Do you really think Rafa wanted to go into this season with one striker? Do you really think he wanted to sign an aging Greek centre half for £1.5m instead of Michael Turner for £4m? Do you really believe he didn't want to sign David Villa or David Silva in the summer?

    In January Chelsea will go out and spend big money on new players. Man City will go out and spend big money on new players. Man United will go out and spend big money on new players.

    Meanwhile, we'll just be hoping and preying that the players we have to sell don't go to one of the above!

    It's time to wake up and smell the coffee for a lot of fans; time to wake up to the real issue and realise why we aren't going to be winning League Titles or European Cups for the foreseeable future.

    The reason is not Rafael Benitez.

    November 26, 2009 at 9:42 am | Reply
  75. ZedTheRed

    You say "Out of European competition" , when clearly you should know we will now play in the Europa League? Ok it isnt the CL but is still European competition. Im sure that the Europa League and the FA Cup are still worth noting ? Or are we out of those already too? . You say he has had five years to get it right, however if you care to think back to when Rafa took over we were not expected to make it into the Champions League every season, Were especially not expected to get through the group stage, yet now it is taken as a given in most season due to what Rafa has done at the club and how he has put us back at the top table of European football. Did Man Utd call for Fergies head in the 05-06 season when Man Utd finished bottom of thier CL group ? No, because of what he had done at the club before and Rafa has revolutionised the club from the ground up. It is the danger that Liverpool fans forget the years we spent not competing for the league at all and struggling to even get into the champions league.

    November 26, 2009 at 9:43 am | Reply
  76. William

    I agree some team changes are required but selling the best striker in the world, that's just idiotic business! We need 3 quality players i.e. a 2nd striker, a right winger & a centre back (of stature).

    Benitez has a terrific record, much better than Ferguson had in his first 6yrs an Man United. There is no disgrace in being knocked out of a competition, sure it hurts like hell but we'll be back! Sometimes team need to find a low ebb before they pick themselves up & become what they are destined to be, & lets not forget Liverpool ARE the MOST SUCCESSFUL English Premier League club!

    November 26, 2009 at 10:40 am | Reply
  77. larry

    The So called Liverpool Fans who want Rafa out should be ashamed of yourselfs.
    U r either a true RED or not one at all.
    And please and i mean please do not wear the RED TOP with pride cause u all do not deserve it

    Rafa the man
    Liverpool the team
    Torres the goal mashine

    November 26, 2009 at 10:59 am | Reply
  78. Mike

    This article shows a serious lack of knowledge of Liverpool FC, the current squad and Rafa Benitez.

    To avoid me going on too much – you don't even mention that this is Rafa's first really bad patch – every manager has them. He should be allowed to come through it – and injuries have not helped. You also very simplistically comment on bad buys.

    Think about what you are saying – Rafa has had to gamble on many players for most of his reign as he has not had the funds to spend 20M on one player. Its only happened once with Torres. Utd and Chelski do it regularly. Arsenal are hanging in there but again, they don't have big money.

    Also with tactics – you don't give any evidence, just give a rehash of someone elses belief about Rafa. If you want to talk tactics, consider why he is still regarded as one of the top 10 coaches in the world and Real Madrid are always sniffing round.

    November 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  79. moggi

    u boys have lost the plot............rafa benitez stays simply bcoz he hasnt had luxuries such as fergie, jose mourinho, mark huges, everytime he signs a player he has to sell 2 players to balance the books.

    November 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  80. EMYN

    Interesting point of view. In my opinion LFC has 2 critical problems; 1- Rafa who did too many mistakes. 2- Owners who could not sort out their differences. We have good players but that is not good enough if the guys at top are not good.

    November 26, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  81. kasonde

    know they shouldn't but he needs to buy a winger and striker ti balance the team. remeber that rafa was not given money to spend. he lost alonso n other players when they should have bought more players and not sold players

    November 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  82. pramok

    Liverpool has been one of the tops teams in English Football and even in Europe. They have had fair share of bad luck this season. However, I think its high time they find suitable striker partner for Torris and reinforce their midfield with much stronger player who can cover ground with strong tackle and running, score goals and should be able to last with stamina for 90 – 110 minutes of the game like Chelsea's midfield team where they have 4 -5 midfielder of world class who can replace each other and stretch out the whole season. This where Benitez is lacking vision. If he doesnt, Liverpool will win couple of high class game and lose
    ordinary games as with Fulham and Spurs . Spend money for another world class striker and at least 2 midfielders in class of Steven Gerrard class. Right now Chelsea has has at least 2 midfielders who they can sell. and Liverpool should buy right away. Pramok

    November 27, 2009 at 2:32 am | Reply
  83. Dan

    So 1 time in 5 years Rafa fails to make the knockout stages of the CL and he deserves to lose his job for it? and i wouldn't say they're out of European competition there's still the Europa league, granted it's not the CL but it's still a european competition that Liverpool have won (a joint record of) 3 times before.

    You're obviously not a fan of Rafa anyway and were just looking for any little opportunity to say he should lose his job.

    November 27, 2009 at 9:45 am | Reply
  84. Olafr

    Yes it would be mad to sell Torres! Must also give Benitez chance to "save" the season, I still think medal is within reach! Aquilani will shorly add another dimension to the team, a different one off which Alonso possessed.

    November 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  85. gaz

    Ngog our only promising talent? so insua hasnt achieved anything? and with young lads like Spearing, Ayala, Plessis, Nemeth and Pacheco looking to make the step up, you try to say there's no promising talent?

    And sell Torres???? THE CLUB WOULD NEVER CONSIDER IT! Torres has said many times he has no desire to leave Liverpool so as far that one goes thats the end of it!

    Get rid of rafa because were in a bad patch? Hardly the answer, managers everywhere go through rough patches so why is Rafa the only one to be seen a in trouble or have his position under threat?

    November 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  86. Thai Kop

    wanna sell torres? what kind of football fan are you? no one would risk this world class player with any of your NEW BLOOD. instead, we have to thank torres for his strong commitment to the club.

    November 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  87. ceecee

    I think Liverpool is just going through bad times and that is normal with football or indeed anything else in life. They will surely bounce back to strong and winning ways.

    November 28, 2009 at 11:05 am | Reply
  88. Ross

    You are using benitez's success against him, before he came we where a very medicore team challenging only UEFA cup teams, 5 years later and we've been to TWO champions league finals not to mention the semi's and quaters every year except this one! We missed out on the league desperatley last season and MOST football fans i have spoken to i.e chelsea, arsenal agreed liverpool where the true winners. OK FACTS HERE:
    Benitez's point ratio in the league is EXACTLY the same as Taggarts (except he's been at it 22 years)
    Benitez has brought in some exceptional players:
    TORRES 26m – ALONSO 10.5m – KUYT 10m – REINA 6m – AGGER 6m – SKRTEL 5.5m – all of these players except torres cost around ten million. Look at uniteds team of FERDINAND 30m – ROONEY 30m – ANDERSON 17m – NANI 14m – VALENCIA 17m.... OK YOU DO THE SUMS PEDRO!!!!
    And we can also say that benitez is getting the better (a lot better) of taggart when the teams meet. Look at the last 3 results – very convincing. Benitez is without doubt one of the worlds best managers and most clubs would love to have him on board. People look at negative buys but what about Luis Garcia? he was instrumental for us and cost 5m. THE REAL LIVERPOOL FANS KNOW HOW FAR WE HAVE COME UNDER RAFA, AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO GROW – WE ARE NOT STUPID. Bad luck time after time this season is what has ground us to a halt. But we hold our heads up high and support our manager no matter what!!!

    November 28, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  89. EMYN

    We have won once in the last 10 games. Its not the bad luck. We have to admit that we have a serious problem and it calls for a rescue plan. Rafa is a good manager and gave all he had to LFC. He has nothing more to contribute to the team. That is the reason behind his too many mistakes and adhoc decisions such as; the Keane deal was a blunder in both technical and financial terms, selling Crouch, selling Alonso, inconsistency and experimenting with the line ups, risking with the injured players, Voronin, losing tactics, caught into war of words with Ferguson, and many other examples. Babel had to blow up sooner or later and I am sure many players share the same feeling. The team needs to rebuild its confidence and in my opinion Rafa and the existing owners simply don't have it. LFC's main problem is in its Leadership.

    November 29, 2009 at 11:49 am | Reply
  90. Ash

    Sell Torres and sack Benitez? Oh I can see where you're going with this; sending all of Liverpool into turmoil! How the hell are Liverpool fans supposed to react to THE Fernando Torres – arguably our best player – being sold. And Liverpool fans idolize Benitez. He gotten us European glory and we've gotten to, at the very least, the Champions League quarter finals every year since he picked up the managerial post. So selling Xabi Alonso wasn't the brightest idea, but after yesterday's derby win, we can hardly say that Benitez doesn't know what he's doing, keeping in mind that he's been playing an under-par team due to the mounting list of injuries!

    November 30, 2009 at 9:20 am | Reply
  91. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Senor Rafa Benitez has been trying his best with the available talent. Injuries to key players robbed him of substantial success. The team should do well in the remaining competitions. Best wishes to the players, fans and the coaching staff.

    November 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  92. J Shackley, Chile

    Pedro, considering that Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League for the past 5 years under rafs leadership and that it was won for the 5th time in Istanbul, and that we finished 2nd last season. Is it safe to assume that you are more intersted in generating sensational news from nohting rather than reporting the facts. Liverpool are not playing any worse than last season, but other teams have gotten better. The sale of Xabi Alonso has shown that Liverpool miss his skill with the ball and fighting spirit in the center of the pitch. But more importantly Liverpool need to have solid support financially before they can make a real title challenge. "The Yanks" owners are for sure to blame for this. How can you compete on the same level as Man Utd or Chelsea without propre funding. Considering the limited financial resources Rafa has at his disposal he is doing an amazing job of keeping the focus on each match and not giving in to sensational reporting such as yours.

    November 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  93. Kunle Olufowobi

    Seriously,More than 80% of folks writting on this blog have no clue how EPL runs....How in the world someone will suggest Liverpool to fire Benitez or sell Torres???.....Anyways,both alternatives are dumb plus going that path will make my club stronger

    GO GUNNERS! GO GUNNERS!! GO GUNNERS!!!

    December 1, 2009 at 5:19 am | Reply
  94. DeclanJude

    Never walk alone!!! We are there, this is just challenges, we have to embrace up hope our playing were just recovering from injuries,what we have to do is rebuilding team before is too late.

    December 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  95. mario

    If the club wants to remain than Rafa benitez should leave

    December 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  96. DecJude

    the problem of liverpool is not Benitez, but most of the players are not commited, we should sort for fund to buy quality players, lets be playing Babe, he is still young to be keeping in the bench, do you what to spoil his career?,pls we have to go for the world best ok.

    December 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  97. pedro polonio

    mourinho is going to madrid... but the coach of s.l. benfica is available... i think jorge jesus will be a good choice for liverpool!

    June 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Reply
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