Liverpool In Danger Of Losing £7m Midfielder: What Should Rafa do?

Utility player wants assurances on his Anfield future.

The Rumour

Liverpool face a battle to keep hold onto midfielder Yossi Benayoun.

The Daily Mail says according to sources close to Benayoun, senior figures at Barcelona have contacted their Anfield counterparts and enquired about his availability and an asking price.

Benayoun crowned an impressive season for Liverpool with a late Champions League winner against Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, and his form has been noted by Pep Guardiola, who believes his touch and vision would make him a useful addition to his Nou Camp squad.

But Benayoun’s Liverpool future already appeared to be in the balance after he recently admitted receiving approaches from clubs at home and abroad.

Manchester City and his former club West Ham have been monitoring his impact on Liverpool’s hunt for honours, while Atletico Madrid and Villarreal have also declared an interest.

It is understood that, at 29, he feels there is one more big pay day to come and that an offer of contract talks at Anfield would be enough to banish any thoughts of moving on.

The Source: (The Daily Mail as reported on

The Analysis

Rafa has a tricky balancing act to pull off here. In Yossi he has an adaptable hard working and talented midfielder who always gives his all for the cause and clearly loves the club, but Benitez knows that in many ways the Israeli is just a stop gap a player who only gets a run in the team if others are injured or experiencing bouts of poor form.

Benayoun wants assurances or his place in the Liverpool side and also wants the long term security of an extended contract. I am not surprised that many sides are trailing him but I think his heart is with the club. The thing is that whilst some big teams are after him he knows that he would in all likelihood find himself in a similar position waiting for his time in the starting eleven. In fact of all the clubs mentioned West Ham are probably the only side he knows would offer him a steady run in the team but he also wants to be at a club who can challenge on multiple fronts.

The Likelihood

Benayoun to leave Liverpool: Wants to stay and Rafa will surely offer him an improved deal and more time in his first 11.

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