Boss Rafael Benitez thinks Liverpool‘s exit from the Champions League can reignite their poor domestic form.
Liverpool ended their Group E campaign with a 2-1 defeat by Fiorentina and have won only three of their last 14 games in all competitions.
But with £20m signing Alberto Aquilani making his first start on Wednesday and Fernando Torres returning, Benitez believes better fortunes lie ahead.
“It is the beginning of a new season for us now, I hope,” he said.
“To see Aquilani, to see Torres, those were the real positive things for the next match and the rest of our season.
The result and the way it happened just about sums up our Champions League campaign
“Aquilani showed his quality, his touch was good. His vision and passing were good but obviously he will have to work on his match fitness.” (BBC Sport)
Okay so this is the mother of all attempts at spinning something out of an awful situation. So now that we have ruined all hope of capturing the top honours, failing to mount a challenge in the Premier League and being dumped out of Champions League action, apparently this is the beginning of A NEW SEASON. How infuriating can you get!
Why not just be honest, why not just say, “okay we have done badly and I apologise for the mistakes I have made but lets see if we can get something from the season”, but to say with mock enthusiasm that this is the “beginning of a new season” just smacks of a boss trying new ways to save his skin.
The idea that this ‘new beginning’ is something to be excited about or used as some kind of milestone almost beggars belief. Is this the ‘new beginning’ where we look to win the Europa League and scrap for a fourth place finish?
Anyone who has tuned into the articles I have posted here will know that I am generally a big believer in Rafa and I still think he is the man for the job, just about, but he really needs to start taking things on the chin and not looking for excuses or deflecting blame or indeed coming up with hard hearted efforts to mask what is actually happening on the pitch.