Former Anfield hero takes yet another swing at his former club.
JAMIE Redknapp has lifted the lid on the increasing friction between Kop boss Rafa Benitez and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, hinting the England star could quit the club after the World Cup finals.
Redknapp says the pair are heading for a bitter bust-up over tactics.
And he said last Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United is a prime example of where it’s all going wrong between Benitez and Gerro, 29.
Sky TV pundit Redknapp, who played with friend Gerrard at Anfield during his 11 years at the club, said: “Gerrard is at his best in central midfield.
“But with 12 minutes to go and Liverpool chasing the game at Old Trafford, Benitez brings Alberto Aquilani on and pushes Steven wide left.
“That will have infuriated Steven. He doesn’t want to be out there. He’s less effective there. Then Benitez switches him again when he brings Yossi Benayoun on and he moves him over to the right.
“Why? Liverpool were losing 2-1 and needed Steven to be in his best position and at his most effective.
“I have played with Steven and that will have infuriated him.
“That’s where Benitez gets it wrong.”
Redknapp said Benitez’s tactics also had a similar effect on striker Fernando Torres.
The world-class hitman signalled his frustration at Old Trafford last week by destroying the penalty spot before Wayne Rooney put United level with the spot-kick.Redknapp claimed: “Gerrard and Torres make Liverpool tick – but Benitez just doesn’t use them properly.
And in a bitter parting shot, he added: “You don’t see Sir Alex Ferguson doing that with his best players.” (Daily Star)
SKY pay their pundits handsomely and ensure that they are not inconvenienced when getting to games – chaffeur driven cars come as standard.
With that in mind, you would think that their observations would be shrewd, intelligent and perceptive, as they have plenty of time to think about what they will say.
You could, perhaps, forgive Andy Gray for wittering “this is what I expect to happen unless the unexpected happens” during last Sunday’s Final Word programme but no there are no excuses for Jamie Redknapp.
When reflecting on LIverpool’s 4-1 win at Old Trafford last season, Redknapp said “Xabi Alonso was sensational spreading the ball to Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard that day.”
Was he really?
Would this be the same Xabi Alonso that had been injured against Real Madrid on the Wednesday prior and saw Lucas take his place?
It was poor from someone who should know better; someone who is in danger of tarnishing the reputation he built for himself at Anfield.
Mind you, that wasn’t the worst part of Sky’s coverage – a smiling Michael Owen talking about the title took that particular accolade. (Liverpool Daily Post)
Don’t get me wrong I was a big fan of Jamie Redknapp when he was imperiously putting his stamp on the Anfield midfield but these latest comments do not exactly help matters do they? The Sky pundit has essentially stated that there is some sort of feud going on and it apparently affects our two best players and our under fire boss!
Now even if this were true, and I sincerely believe it isn’t, shouldn’t a former player and one who served the club for the over a decade try to avoid undermining everyone at the club? I mean if he were to have a go at the club’s owners then I would give him a big pat on the back because any high profile descent shown to Tom and Jerry would potentially do us some good, but to come out and imply (not too subtly I might add) that things are not to rosy at the club isn’t too smart a move to pull.
Redknapp has repeatedly criticised Liverpool in recent seasons and whilst sometimes he has hit the nail on the head he has more often than not come across as a man with some kind of hidden agenda and is clearly not a man who likes Rafa Benitez one bit.
Obviously Jamie has a job to do as a pundit but I think on this occasion he has gone too far.