Rafael Benitez claims that recent off-the-pitch events at Anfield (and the United States) have led to his Liverpool team closing ranks and becoming all the stronger for it. The Guardian also report that the Spaniard was aware of George Gillett and Tom Hicks’ interest in Jurgen Klinsmann before it became common knowledge, and that the pair are close to securing a £350 million loan which could bring his reign at Pool to an abrupt end.
“The situation may have brought everyone closer together, for sure,” he said yesterday. “When you play well and score five goals [against Luton] after some draws, it shows the team spirit is much better and the confidence of the players is higher. That’s one of the keys if you want to win trophies, you need a good team spirit. It’s easier when you are winning, so we need to win some games in a row and everything will be much better.”
Sadly, the Reds can’t play Luton every week and on Monday, they come face-to-face with an Aston Villa team who have lost only one away match in the league all season. Scoring five goals against the Hatters might have restored some confidence, with Havant waiting in the wings to give Liverpool a much-needed boost in a week’s time.