Reds are going back under Rafa
JOSE MOURINHO, the manager of Inter Milan, made an interesting observation the other day. He was having his usual pop at Arsene Wenger, saying he was lucky to be at Arsenal where he could get away with not winning anything, and he expanded his rant to include Rafael Benitez, manager of Liverpool.
He said Benitez could keep his job without success, too. Carry on like this and Mourinho’s theory may be tested sooner than he thinks.
There is a difference between not winning anything, and not looking likely to win anything. Wenger drew another blank last season, but he reached the last four of the Champions League. He didn’t win anything in season 2005-06, either, but lost in the final of that tournament to Barcelona.
Liverpool lost to Chelsea in the semi-final of the Champions League in 2008 and narrowly missed out on the title last season, having taken up a strong position after winning 4-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford. There would have been uproar if Benitez had been sacked in the summer, and rightly so.
This season brings a new development, however. Here is a Liverpool team that no longer looks capable of beating good opponents, indeed has not beaten what would be termed a serious rival all season. With no draws, Liverpool have defeated Stoke City, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Debrecen, West Ham United, Leeds United and Hull City, and lost to Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Fiorentina, Chelsea, Sunderland and Lyons. In the sport of cricket, they would be termed flat track bullies, the name given to batsmen who plunder big scores on easy