Rafa Benitez Wants to Replace Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool Boss

Former Anfield manager keen on managerial return.

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Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has opened the door to a return as manager on Merseyside.

The Spaniard helped the Reds to a UEFA Champions League trophy in 2005, and is still held in high-regard by the Anfield faithful from his time at the club.

With Kenny Dalglish currently holding court as Liverpool boss, Benitez realises he might have to wait for an opportunity to return to the club, but is hopeful that the chance may arise in the future.

“I was really proud to be the Liverpool football club manager, so I would like that in the future,” he is quoted as saying in Sport magazine when questioned over a return to the club.

“But Kenny is doing a good job and I have no rush (for that) now. Maybe I would have to wait – five years, three years, 20 years – I don’t know!

“But I’m still young, so I have time and I will keep moving forward.”

SOURCE: Give Me Football – Official PFA Website

We would debate a number of points raised by Rafa Benitez, the first one being that the Spaniard believes he is still young. We are not sure 51 could be termed young, not even in managerial terms, as this would make Andre Villas-Boas at 34 little more than a toddler on the same age scale.

Benitez did of course on the whole do a good job during his spell as Liverpool boss but his fateful period as Inter Milan boss may well have a long lasting effect on whether he gets back into management at the highest level and a move to return to Anfield seems highly unlikely at this point.

We can see a return to Spain on the cards if no suitable Premier League position becomes available by the end of the season.

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