Currently, there are three types of Livepool fans concerning Rafael Benitez.
1) Who support him through and through and want him here beyond this season.
2) Who support him right now, but want to wait until the end of the season before coming to a conclusion.
3) Who want him gone now right now.
When names like Hiddink, Mourinhio etc are put in. Fans get swayed to their side. Benitez is a great manager. But he is not the best in the world. There cant be too much of an argument on that. But right now, he is the best that Liverpool can have. We cant afford the likes of Mourinho.
Moreover, Rafa Benitez is probably a geuine Liverpool supporter. He signed a new contract last season despite knowing who owns the club. He has constantly come out in the media and said that hes not going to leave. On numerous occasions Real Madrid have come calling, with a bigger salary offer, but he has stayed here. That certainly means he loves this club. If he can reject one of the most famous clubs, and a club he probably supported as a child, the club he played at as a youngster, and the club that gave him his first job in management- Real Madrid for this club. Then he probably is a supporter. Its every players dream to put on the white of Real, and every managers dream to get the chance to manage Real. That dream is more powerful for a Spanish national. But Rafa has rejected all that to stay in Merseyside. So, yes, he is a true fan. He has probably given up his dream to continue with us. And calling for his sacking isnt the best way to repay him.
Rafa signed a new contract last season for Liverpool which gave him total control of players- transfers, youth players etc. He has a say in more topics now, he has the power to sign and make decisions on the future of Liverpool. Just like Wenger at Arsenal, Rafa too is conducting a project at Liverpool. The only way for that project to be succesful if we back him completely and remain patient. We have to think long-term and not ‘instant success’.
Ferguson took 6 years to win his first major trophy at Manu, 3 years to win the FA Cup.
Arsenal have kept their faith in Wenger for 13 years or so. Their have been highly succesful seasons, and highly disappointing as well. Arsenal too are a big 4 team, but they had a disspointing season last season, and its been 5 years since they tasted silverware, but he is still in charge of the club. A club where there are a number of shareholders, but no one has sacked him, because he is conducting a project. Which slowly but surely is beginning to be a success.
Benitez won the UCL in his first season, FA Cup the next, the UCL final again in his third season and we came so close to the league title last season. Closest in years. Just like Arsenal have kept their trust in Wenger, we too must keep our trust in Benitez.
Liverpool FC is having a difficult time right now, so are the fans, players and certainly the manager. The only thing that will get us through this period is if we support everyone concerned with the club. And look forward to next season. Your never going to get a complete period of success. One step back, two steps forward. You got to expect blips here and there. Failure leads to success. This season will make our players more passionate for next season, for it to be a successful one. They’ll take this season as a lesson, and go all out next season.
You’ll Never Walk Alone is the famous song of Liverpool FC, it has been attached to Liverpool and its wordings too don’t speak of complete success. The main theme of the song is to remain optimistic and proud even during the storm. Its not going to be all sunshine, theres always a bad storm in between. The important thing is to get through it. We have to take an example from this too.
So when others are linked with the Rafa’s job, we should reply with even louder support for him. When the team is peforming badly, support them even more and sing even louder.
Remember the Kop Pledge: “Always support the team, no matter how bad they are playing.
If the team is doing badly, cheer even louder as they need your support more.If a player is struggling, sing his name louder and more often as he needs it.If the opposition are the better side and perform well, appreciate it and give them the credit they are due.”
Remember the words of You’ll Never Walk Alone: “At the end of the storm, is a golden sky”.And understand the true meaning of these words.
Great win last night, I love mornings like this, we are now just 1 point off 4th place :-)
Ok here goes a Shorty Reminder Sao Paolo jumped to 2nd place during the game and continued to increase their lead overnight. We sit in 3rd place now but we have a chance to get a few votes in while the Brazilians are still asleep :-) VOTE HERE
Rafa pays tribute to Dirk Kuyt more… (He played his ass off last night, YNWA)
And the Gaffer talks about how LFC will keep improving more…
(Keep a DVD of last night’s game and show it to them,that is how you play. The lads worked hard last night, YNWA)
Here is a great read from the 2nd best guy from Huyton (after Stevie G) :-) more…
(Gareth Roberts talks about Shankly’s Holy Trinity)
George Gillett supports Rafa more… (Good, now get out)
Purslow happy with the off-field performances more…
(The money that Rafa is not going to get)
According to the Mirror, the Jones transfer is still on more…
(Loan now and permanent in the Summer)
A Chesire police officer was using the force’s computer to illegally snoop on former Red, Cisse more…
(I wonder who paid him? Glad he was caught and now will do time)
But the Daily Mail (the source of all that is truthful, NOT) reports that LFC have approached Guus to replace Rafa more… (I DO NOT BELIEVE THE MAIL, sad but I believe Liar George more than them)
Krasic’s agent is in England more… (I put him down at 10%)
Our friend Gary Neville is in hot water more… (Very classy)
Manchester Utd have banned players from using Twitter more…
(The truth is, they are illiterate)
Hate to have Man Utd stories here but my jaw dropped when I saw their debt more…
(They paid £69m in interest last year, their fans should not be laughing at our financial situation. They might be in for a nasty surprise if they do not balance the books, if the sale of Ronaldo was not a warning shot to them I do not know what is)
Tweet of the Day Congrats to Lucas playing his 100th game for Liverpool
My January Transfer Predictions (Higher % more likely):
In Kenwyne Jones : 55% Arda Turan : 45 % Morauane Chamakh : 40% Jeremy Menez : 40% Nedum Onuoha : 40% Milan Jovanovic : 35% Klaas-Jan Huntelaar : 15% Matthew Upson : 15% Emile Heskey : 10%
Richard Stearman : 10% Milos Krasic : 10% Nikola Zigic : 10% Nicolas Lodeiro : 5% Victor Moses : 5% Vasil Torosidis : 1% John Carew : 1 % Charlton Cole : 0% Ruud van Nistelrooy : 0% Adam Federici : 0%
Out Ryan Babel : 60% Philipp Degen : 10% Albert Riera : 5%
Alberto Aquilani : 5%
The big news story yesterday was all the snow more… (Hopefully it will not effect the preparation for Sunday’s game)
Maxi looks set to join after talks with Mascherano more… (I really have a good feeling about this)
Even Guillem Balague is reporting it more…
(Raising it to 95%)
Voronin is currently talking with Dynamo Moscow more… (I really think he will be gone, hey we got him on a free so £1.5 million is all profit)
And Dossena is also moving closer to the exit more…
(Will it happen?)
The £9 million bid for Babel from Brum is rejected more… (Rafa was clear that he would not sell him)
Rafa will not let Babel go and here is why… (What we have feared, any big cash made from sales of players will not be replaced)
Liverpool back in the hunt for Morauane Chamakh more… (£1.5 million, we can afford him)
Jan Molby claims that no world class players are interested in playing for Liverpool more… (He has a point there however I wonder if he has been listening to Stan Collymore lately)
Stevie G insists that players are to blame for the current form more… (Agreed)
Stevie claims that Aquilani is like Alonso more…
(Unfortunately we have not seen much yet)
Newspapers in Greece reporting that Olympiacos are after Yossi more…
(Don’t think so, I am adding them to the list at 5% chance)
Bassong claims that Torres is nothing special more…
(Do you want to end up like Vidic?)
And Carra fears for homegrown talent more…
(Unfortunately it is the nature of the beast, modern football sucks)
Goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis has had his loan at Accrington Stanley extended more…
(This lad is great)
Torres reveals his fitness fight more…
(El Nino is putting in extra hours, NOW THAT IS A TRUE RED. YNWA Nando)
Stevie G is on top of Inter’s wishlist more…
(Give it up Mourinho, you better go seek counseling oh you special one you just can not let go. How about that goal Luis Garcia scored in the semi-final of 2005? Are you still talking about that?)
Ezequiel Lavezzi will not be joining Liverpool more…
(Forgot that he was a possible transfer, oh well!)
Oh here is a good read about Manchester United’s state of finances more…
(I am sure they are not laughing at us now)
And finally Laurent Blanc has rubbished speculation linking him to either the France job or Manchester United. (I guess seeing Fergie’s nose hair is what did it)
My January Transfer Predictions (Higher % more likely):
Maxi Rodriguez: 95% Emile Heskey : 50% Victor Moses : 45%
Vasil Torosidis : 40 % Morauane Chamakh : 35% Rafael van der Vaart : 35% Arda Turan : 30 % John Carew : 30 % Milan Jovanovic : 25% Ruud van Nistelrooy : 25% Ivan Gonzalez : 10 % Goran Pandev : 0% David Villa : 0%
David Silva : 0%
Andrei Voronin : 80%
Andrea Dossena : 70% Philipp Degen : 30% Ryan Babel : 25%
Yossi Benayoun : 5%
Albert Riera : 5%
Javier Mascherano : 0%
Fernando Torres : 0%
Steven Gerrard : 0%
Unfortunately Torres will not feature today more…
(One more week of rest and he will be ready to tear Arsenal apart)
However Stevie G will join the 500 club today more… (Congrats Stevie)
And he is happy with the World Cup draw more… (Just don’t get injured)
Torres however might not play more…
(If he does need an operation then it should be done in June, sorry Spain)
Skrtel is targeting a return to the starting lineup more… (Good attitude Martin, once Carra retires the torch will be passed to you and Daniel. The challenge for both of you would be to beat the Hyypia/Carragher clean sheet record)
The club might be in for a cash windfall with 17 players in the world cup more…
(Hopefully the money will be invested back in the club)
And more TV money coming from The Netherlands more…
(I hope that H&G do not haul it across the pond)
Rafa respects the Liverpool way more…
(Unfortunately the Rafa-out brigade does not)
Zola believes that Liverpool will challenge Man Utd. & Chelsea more…
(Let us focus on winning today and next Saturday)
Roman Pavlyuchenko is again being linked with a Liverpool move more… (I think Spurs will jack up the price however)
Finally, a few months ago United fans were gloating over our financial problems, well check this out…
(They better rally together and create a Supporters Union)
How many times do you hear “The only good players for Liverpool are Gerrard and Torres” or “The only Liverpool players that could fit into Man Utd’s squad are Gerrard and Torres”?. About every week? Well where is United’s “Top Class” midfield? They have one quality player, Ryan Giggs, who is getting too old to play. And their “top class” strikers? Wayne Rooney isn’t even near Torres’ league, and Berbatov, for me, is too lazy and won’t even fit in our reserves. Van Der Sar is getting too old, and Ben Foster doesn’t know what he’s doing. Vidic, yes, is a world class defender. I would take him. Ferdinand is not doing good lately, and we have Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Kelly and more central defenders. Wes Brown and Evra are great, but Johnson is better than Evra, and Insua is younger and better than Brown. Also, Aqilani is meant to be a replacement for Alonso, so expect him to shine when he is fully fit.
So here is my unbiased team of Man Utd and Liverpool players:
Subs: Van Der Sar, Carragher, Kuyt, Valencia, Benayoun, Rooney