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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Liverpool's struggles are nothing to do with me, insists Rafa Benitez

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Rafael Benitez has rejected suggestions that Liverpool's struggles are partly down to his management, insisting: 'It's not my fault, sorry'.

The Reds endured a poor season last year as they finished a lowly seventh under Benitez, before the Spaniard departed and was replaced by Roy Hodgson.


Liverpool's fortunes have plummeted even further since then, however, with Hodgson gone and replaced by Kenny Dalglish with the team currently four points above the relegation zone.


Benitez, who joined Inter Milan in the summer but left before Christmas, told Five Live Sport he acknowledges not all of his moves in the transfer market were successful.


'I agree, so we know we made some mistakes,' he said. 'Sometimes, maybe one player is a good player and after he doesn't settle down, but if you see, we have a net spending of between 10, 12 million. 'So I think that this, for a top side...it's not big money.


'And still I would say to you that we are not happy with some of the signings but we are really pleased with the majority of them.

'In the team now, Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio, Lucas Leiva, Fernando Torres, Maxi Rodriquez, Dirk Kuyt, so it's a massive, massive team.


'I am not taking all the credit, I think the team is good, the problem may be the mentality. So I think Kenny can change these things and will hopefully be good for the team.


'But the other thing is that Christian Purslow (former managing director) and Hodgson, they signed seven players.

'Seven players is enough to change a squad, so you can take responsibility for signings in the past but seven players can change a squad. So you cannot continue with this story about the legacy.


'It's not my fault, sorry.'


Benitez believes Dalglish can turn around the club's fortunes.


'They will be much better with Kenny because he knows the club, knows the fans and what they want,' he said. 'He can talk with the players and they will feel and understand what it means to be Liverpool football players.


'I feel that Kenny has been a very good appointment and hopefully will be successful.'



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Defying belief however, is a market Benitez has cornered quite well. The moment you think Benitez is clueless, he defies it by pulling off a result of majesty, like the one achieved in Madrid. The moment he is hailed a genius, he masterminds toothless surrender to a team going nowhere. In the ongoing Anfield power struggle, just when he was cornered by the firing squad, the Spaniard's demise at Liverpool looking practically assured with the ominous suspension of betting by the bookmakers, he squeezes out through a narrow trapdoor and eliminates Rick Parry. Rafa Benitez is Keyzer Soze.
- Just Football blog: The Curious Beast that is Football 28 Feb 2009