I wouldn’t trust my grandmother with Hicks and Gillett!
Rafa Benitez has admitted he would quit Liverpool if the club ever sold Fernando Torres behind his back to ease the financial pressure at Anfield.
The Reds are believed to be up to £245million in debt with owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks openly seeking much needed investment.
The situation has many suggesting that Benitez will have to lower the wage bill in January but the Spaniard has reassured Liverpool fans that he would never sanction the sale of Torres.
The former Valencia boss also defended his transfer record on Merseyside and insisted that the £20million capture of Alberto Aquilani was a bargain.
“I’m confident it will never happen,” Benitez told The Times when asked if he was in danger of losing his star striker to ease the club’s debt.
“If it did I’d resign.” (Sky Sports)
Why do I get the funny feeling that this show of loyalty to the club and arguably one of its more prized possession could well be interpreted by the American owners as a good way to get rid of Rafa without having to fork out a load of cash in compensation, I wouldn’t put anything past Messrs Hick and Gillett.
It’s good to see that Rafa is coming out so forcefully on the issue because I can well imagine some big European clubs looking to make bids for El Nino knowing that we aren’t having a very good season and coupled with the fact that financially we are treading something of a tightrope so I would expect some big clubs to think that the next 6 months are key as to whether a move for Fernando Torres may well be taken by the greedy owners.
It seems clear that they would like to axe Benitez but can’t afford to do so at present because of how much they would have to fork out in compensation. Remember these are the same people who attempted to bring in Jurgen Klinsmann in a none to subtle manner a while back so if they could force the issue then my feeling is that they would consider it.