Rafa Benitez has said he will return to Liverpool as manager one day but would the fans welcome him back?
The majority will probably say yes because he didn’t leave Liverpool with his relationship with the fans in tatters. Except the timing at present probably is not quite right, with Brendan Rodgers only a year into his tenure.
Benitez has always been a popular figure with Liverpool fans because of the success he had at the club, most notably guiding the team to a Champions League win in a dramatic final against AC Milan.
There are no suggestions at all that Brendan Rodgers is going to be axed, or will leave any time soon, which means this is all purely a speculative thought for the near future if things start to go wrong for the current boss.
When Benitez was originally sacked by the club, there was a definite air of the side moving backwards as Roy Hodgson came in, tried to change things and failed and Kenny Dalglish even came back for another spell and failed.
A large part of that has to be down to Benitez’s qualities as a manager because there has arguably been no one better at the club since him in a tactical sense.
Rodgers is doing tremendous work in terms of bringing youth players through the ranks at the moment but where Liverpool would currently excel under Benitez is in the transfer market.
That is extremely significant considering Benitez’s ability to attract some of the most talented players from all over Europe, especially Spain, during his first spell in charge of the team.
Considering Liverpool’s current budget and situation, value and tactics are two of the things that Rodgers will have to maintain over the rest of this season, next season and beyond if he wants to remain at the club.
Make no mistakes, just because Rafa’s family still lives in the area, he’s not going to warrant flying back into the job any time soon. Rodgers still has a lot of work to do, possibly years of work, and Benitez is at another club right now and may desire a couple of other jobs before this return to Anfield.
No manager has guided Liverpool to a higher league finish than Benitez did when Liverpool finished second after the close of the 2008/2009 season, which was towards the end of his tenure at the club.
He will always retain that positive reputation with Liverpool and that popularity because of his good work at the club. However, don’t expect a return any time soon because Rodgers is doing nothing wrong at the moment and seems intent on digging in to rival Rafa’s popularity with the fans.
Liverpool fans, would you welcome him back?
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