Liverpool insist Rafael Benitez’s job is safe
Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has insisted that Rafa Benitez’s position will not be discussed at the club’s next board meeting.
Purslow stated that a discussion over the Spaniard’s future ‘was not on the agenda’.
It would indicate that the hierarchy at Anfield still envision Benitez as the right man to revive the club’s ailing fortunes, who have not won a domestic league title since 1990.
The Reds’ shock exit to Reading in the FA Cup led to increased speculation over Benitez’s at Anfield.
In an interview yesterday, former Liverpool midfielder Ronnie Whelan demanded a managerial change at the club.
The ex-Irish international said: “He should’ve gone a long time ago. They have got to do it now. Liverpool have not been good. They have lost 10 of the last 20 games.”
The performance of the club last season had raised expectations for this season with many pundits tipping Liverpool for the league title. Instead the club’s defeat to Reading marked their 12th defeat of a disappointing season.
Supporters have to be content with the prospect of a Europa League run with the club already out of the title race, the Champions League, the League Cup and now the FA Cup.
BBC analyst Mark Lawrenson has expressed his belief that Benitez will continue on at Liverpool despite the recent run of poor results. The 53-year-old suggested that it would be the fans who eventually decide the Spaniard’s fate.
If the Anfield faithful turn their back on Benitez, it could spell the end of his tenure.
“The club have said they will wait and see whether they qualify for the Champions League but there will come a time, especially if they go out of the Europa League early, where the crowd will end up making the decision for the board,” said Lawrenson.
Meanwhile Fernando Torres has left the blame for the club’s miserable season squarely at the feet of its American owners. The striker pointed out that the players had finished second last season but the responsibility lay with the owners to further invest in the club.
“It’s frustrating,” Torres told FourFourTwo magazine. “This season should have been a turning point for us - the chance for us to do something great. Manchester United sold Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo, while Chelsea didn’t sign anyone. But it hasn’t been.
“It’s now the owners’ turn. They have to sign players so that this does not happen again. If we want to compete with United and Chelsea we need a much, much more complete squad. We need more genuinely first-class players and we can’t let our best players leave.”