Liverpool gaffer demands more respect

The best way to defend is to attack as they say and under-fire Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is applying that policy. He has been barraged left, right and centre with stinging criticims after the Reds lost to Championship side Barnsley in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday but the former Valencia coach who took charge of Liverpool in the summer of 2004 has hit out.

Rafa retorts:

If you analyse the last few years since I came to the club we have won four trophies and been in seven finals, including two in the Champions League.

How many other managers have done the same in their first three or four years at the club? People can talk about being successful but nobody is winning trophies every year.

To do that is really difficult so I think we are in a really good position with a very young squad, so I have a lot of confidence in the team for the future.

No one questions Rafael Benitez’s pedigree as a football manager but the raw truth is that he has consistently failed to understand the English Premiership and even with millions poured into his bucket, has somehow lost the plot to wrestle the Premiership title. This season, only the UEFA Champions League silverware remains a possibility and to be honest, it is actually a remote possibility. – Sports blog, Football blog offering Football news

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