The Champions League has thrown up another bunch of surprising results, Juventus being trounced by Bayern Munich, Milan being held by FC Zurich and Liverpool succumbing to another defeat at the hands of Fiorentina, this time at Anfield. With such a disastrous European campaign and season in general, how long does Rafa Benitez have to turn the good ship Anfield around?
Many pundits and football experts roundly tipped Liverpool to add a 19th League Championship and first Premiership title to the eighteen previous triumphs.
After losing Xabi Alonso in the summer, and trying his best to force the Spaniard out of Anfield the season before, Rafa splurged £20 million of the forever injured Alberto Aquilani. The Roman born player barely managed 30 matches over four seasons at boyhood club Roma. A lot was expected of the Romanista.
However, things have not gone to plan this season. The aforementioned Aquilani has only just made his first start for the club. They finished third in a Champions League group, when they were expected to comfortably finish top. They will now be unseeded in the Europa League.
Their Premier League title hopes are more or less extinguished and have been for a number of weeks. Currently 7th and twelve points behind Chelsea, it would seem only a miracle will make the title dream happen.
What then for Rafa? He has been in constant conflict with the owners, Hicks and Gillett and has spent a staggering amount of players, yet, the Liverpool squad is clearly lacking in depth of quality. Take out Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt, leaves you wondering about the back up. N’Gog, Lucas and Voronin hardly inspire confidence. So it could be said this is down to the incompetency of the manager.
The downright refusal to play Aquilani when he is fit and the team are lacking creativity is baffling. Fabio Aurelio in centre midfield… yes Fabio Aurelio in centre midfield, and what of Ryan Babel, wasting away on the bench.
There are problems galore at Anfield and the blame for many can be laid at the door of Rafa Benitez, so maybe it is time for a new path, and a P45 for the Spaniard.
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