Rafa apologizes to Anfield supporters and comes up with grand plan.
Manager Rafael Benitez apologises to Liverpool fans
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has apologised to the club’s supporters for their woeful recent run of form.
The Reds were dumped out of the FA Cup at home to Reading on Wednesday, are already out of the Champions League and lie only seventh in the Premier League.
Benitez, reading from a sheet of paper, said: “We are not playing well and everyone here feels sorry for our fans.
“But things can change in football and we have confidence that we can improve, starting with Stoke on Saturday.”
It is just over a year since Benitez’s infamous outburst against Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, when Liverpool were top of the Premier League.
In January 2009, the Spaniard started a news conference by pulling a sheet of paper out of his pocket and reading out a list of accusations about Ferguson’s conduct regarding referees, the FA’s Respect campaign and fixture lists.
They went on to finish second behind United and have endured a torrid season this time around, with many fans and Reds legends suggesting Benitez should have been sacked after defeat to Reading.
But Benitez, seemingly parodying his performance from last year, again pulled a sheet of paper from his pocket during Friday’s news conference ahead of the Stoke game on Saturday and admitted it is a difficult time for the club.
“This is a bad moment, we are not doing well during the season and we know have to improve and we have the belief we can do it,” added Benitez.
“How can we improve? Winning on the pitch. How can we be sure we win on the pitch? By training well.
“If I am worried about my position or the future of the club at this moment I will lose my focus.
“Stoke is the most important game now and we have to prepare properly. I cannot be worried about the other things. My future is Stoke now.” (BBC Sport)
So there it is. If we want to improve we need to train well and then follow that up by winning on the pitch, simple as that!
So Stoke is now the most important game of the season, haven’t we heard this already? There does seem to be an air of inevitability about our up coming match against Stoke, starts in a couple of hours. We simply must win and can’t not afford to lose but Tony Pulis’s side are tough to beat at the Britannia so we shall have to hope for the best.
Its all well and good that Rafa wants to apologize to us fans but really its results on the pitch that count and time is running out for Mr. Benitez and even the staunchest of Rafa fans are beginning to get more and more dispirited by the day. I am hopeful Liverpool can pull themselves into the top four race but we have to start to perform right now, we are running out of time and whilst its a tall order to claw something back from this season it is also true that with a prevailing wind, without picking up major injuries and perhaps bringing in another player or two in the transfer window, we do have the quality to put together a good run of results starting today!