Rafa beginning to feel the heat.
Jose Mourinho is once again lining up a sensational bid for Liverpool’s £40m-rated talisman Steven Gerrard.
Inter Milan boss Mourinho came close to wrestling Gerrard away from Anfield in 2005 when in charge of Chelsea, only for the midfielder to have a last minute change of heart.
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Now, according to Italian agent Claudio Pasqualin, Mourinho is working with the money men in Milan to put together a package to tempt Gerrard away from his home town club this summer.
And with Rafa Benitez admitting over the weekend that he may be forced to sell his prized assets if Liverpool fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, Inter are preparing to take advantage of the Reds’ perilous financial state.
Pasqualin claims that a few major surprises are on the cards at the end of this season and that Inter are prepared to break the bank for Gerrard. (Independent)
You have to admire Jose Mourinho’s guts on this one. The former Chelsea manager clearly can’t get enough of Stevie G, the ‘Special One’ has tried many times before to convince Gerrard to leave Anfield and it appears the Inter Milan boss wants to nab our Liverpool skipper. Of course he doesn’t have a hope in hell. There are many journalists/experts/so-called pundits who believe that our top players will leave the club if we fail to make it into the top four this term. Personally I don’t think that will happen but it appears to have led all manner of rumours circulating linking Steven Gerrard and El Nino to a great many big sides but I think we can rest easy on that front for the time being.
Now last night we were dumped out of the FA Cup, as I am sure we are all to aware, and obviously that leaves us fighting for just one piece of silverware and one we never wanted to be involved in at that rate. Rafa has come out and stated his defiance and wants to stay at the Liverpool helm but he is really beginning to ease himself into an untenable position. Allowing Reading, a Championship side who are not exactly setting the table alight with their league performances, to come from a goal down at Anfield is unforgivable.
The next few weeks to a month will be critical for the gaffer and whilst many would state that they still trust in Rafa, that number is dwindling at an alarming rate and only results will rectify that situation.
Maxi Rodriguez may well help Benitez stay in his post and the capture of the Argentine midfielder is a great bit of business and the knock on effect of keeping Javier Mascherano happy is a bonus also. Having offloaded Andrei Voronin and Andrea Dossena, two bits of deadwood that needed to be removed, we should have a bit of cash to perhaps bring in another player or two. Liverpool have however distanced themselves from a potential move for Marouane Chamakh so thats one less target from the ever growing list.