Rafa Benitez is an excellent manager, he has proved that time and again. Winning the Champions League in his first season at Anfield was an amazing achievement and year on year I think its fair to say he has improved matters at the club and they are, as always it seems, keen to get back into the running for a first league title in 17 years, the question is how much more money should Liverpool football club give Benitez?
In the grand scheme of things his outlay on players is nowhere near the astronomical amount given to Claudio Ranieri and then Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Even Sir Alex has probably spent more in the last four years at Manchester United. Now Liverpool’s mercurial Spaniard is after more funds to help secure the likes of Gareth Barry, David Villa and David Silva (to name just three rumours circulating). Will this cash injection bring his side nearer the dream?
Football is an expensive business and is getting more and more wildly out of control every summer. It seems even the most average of players comes at a price tag previously reserved for seasoned internationals. I am not bemoaning the fact that players wages are obscene I am not even complaining about the fact that the cost of everything connected with the game, from match day programmes to half time pies, have sky rocketed, I guess I feel that an increase in cost should at least bear some relation to the quality of the product.
Rafa wants the best for his beloved Liverpool and so do the clubs fans but will there current owners really stump up the cash? Messrs Hicks and Gillett have frankly embarrassed the great club with their very public falling out and I am sure all Anfield supporters would hope that they fade into the background so that a bidder of some kind, be it DIC or otherwise, that gives Rafa money in the same ballpark as the clubs they are chasing.
So Liverpool fans how much will it take to secure that coveted Premier League title? Are the club just a little short of the leading pack or will it take drastic investment to give them hope for the future?