Time Benitez faced facts
RAFAEL BENITEZ, as he has been reminded all too often by critics and apologists alike, deals in facts.
The facts are plain. Out of the Champions League, out of the Premier League title race and now out of the FA Cup, the Liverpool manager is staring at a season in ruins.
The blame game will start. Benitez needs to shoulder much of the responsibility.
Time, Rafa, to stand tall. Take a lead. It is said he is almost unsackable because of the long, lucrative contract he signed last season and because of the tumult over the club’s despised American owners.
But you can’t blame Tom Hicks – senior or junior – for this one.
There is something rotten, and rotten beyond the board room in a team that surrenders a goal advantage at home at Anfield to a Championship outfit who have been in dire straits themselves all season.
This was a new low point. Confidence is smashed, the team fractured, the manager appears to have, in that time-old phrase, lost the dressing room.
Maybe, also, it’s time for all at Liverpool just to step back and examine what Benitez has achieved.
Take away that incredible first year, the unbelievable comeback in Istanbul and have they really, truly progressed?
Benitez is very good at railing against his detractors, against the perceived injustices he has faced and very good at playing the sensitive victim.
On Thursday he needed to look in the mirror and accept where the responsibility lies.
Benitez needs to earn his money – rather than complain about a shortage of cash. Liverpool need new owners, for sure, but maybe, also, a new manager. – The Telegraph