It was looking pretty hairy for Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez just a few short weeks ago. His claim that owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett didn’t understand the way transfers work was met with condemnation and fury from the pair; it seemed the Spaniard’s days at Anfield are numbered.
However, with a place in the Champions League knock-out stages assured, everything once again seems rosy in the Merseyside club’s garden. Rafa’s even getting into the festive spirit, as reported by The Guardian:
“I am a manager and the only question now is how I manage, so we just need to clarify that situation,” said Benítez. “But I think I will be on their Christmas card list again and they will be on mine as well; it’s not a problem. I am not worried about the meeting. It is clear we are trying to do the best for our club and the owners are trying to do the same. I have not spoken to them [since the rift] but I have spoken through Foster Gillett [George’s son and a club director] a lot and we know more about the situation because of that.”
If Liverpool defeat Manchester United on Sunday, Benitez might even receive a nice pair of socks from the American duo, although it would have been interesting to see their reaction if the Reds had failed to beat Marseille.