Mark Hughes wants Anfield midfielder.
If there is one criticism of late that Rafa would struggle to argue against it would be his use of Israeli international Yossi Benayoun. For the best part of the last two seasons the former West Ham man has battled manfully to prove his worth to Liverpool boss and towards the tail end of last season it looked like he had convinced Benitez of his importance but again this season Yossi has found himself on the bench for reasons that have confounded just about every supporter, most notably when he was named a sub for the crunch match at Stamford Bridge.
Reports are surfacing in today’s papers that Manchester City are once again hovering around the talented midfielder and whilst it is clear that Benayoun loves the club he will surely be tempted to leave the club if he doesn’t believe that he is part of the club’s first team plans.
The simple fact is that when he is on the pitch things seem to happen. His tireless efforts and skillful direct play always seems to inject life into our sometimes limp performances and as a Liverpool fan he is the type of player I will always have time for. He is always on hand to provide that killer touch or crucial goal. In 59 starts for us he has netted an impressive 23 goals and that doesn’t even take into account the amount of goals he has laid on or played a hand in.
The £9m rated 29 year old is just the type of player we must keep hold of. You can tell that he loves every minute of playing in the beloved jersey and the fact he turned down big money moves to Russia proves that he isn’t it just for the cash so hopefully any attempts Mark Hughes make will fall on deaf ears but if he is promised a run in the starting eleven at Eastlands, maybe he will be tempted?
Rafa needs to have more faith in Yossi and shouldn’t only call upon him when injuries dictate a need. He is far more useful a player than Albert Riera or Ryan Babel and he just helps tick things along in the attacking third and shouldn’t be offloaded.