The former Reds boss resigned from his post at Napoli to take over from the departing Carlo Ancelotti in the Spanish capital after the Italian was harshly sacked by owner Florentino Perez.
During his two year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ancelotti guided Los Blancos to a Copa del Rey and Champions League double in a style which evidently sat well with the players.
However, failure to repeat his previous success led to his exit and now Benitez has the tough job of regrouping the players and instantly making an impression on all fronts.
The former Valencia man has won La Liga twice plus a Champions League on Merseyside, yet he’s undoubtedly up against it at Madrid, and Murphy predicts his stay will be a short one.
“My gut feeling is it might end in tears, just with the type of players and egos he is dealing with at Real Madrid,” Murphy said.
“My understanding of him all those years ago, the type of personality he is, he is going to have to eat a bit of humble pie and bite his tongue at times with the type of squad he has inherited.”
Benitez will be tasked with displaying an attractive style of play and immediately winning La Liga ahead of Barcelona, something Madrid have surprisingly done just once in seven years.
Within the group, getting the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo will be vital in keeping the Portuguese superstar happy, though he will have to find the right balance with fellow attacker Gareth Bale struggling last term.