Liverpool connection to play a strong part of Real Madrid managerial changes

Rafa Benitez is widely tipped to be the next Real Madrid manager, whilst an interesting choice of assistant has been put forth.

They spent a season and a half together at Liverpool, and now they could form the next managerial partnership at the helm of Spanish giants, Real Madrid.

Now according to radio network Cadena COPE, managerial favourite Rafa Benitez is believed to want former striker Fernando Morientes as his right-hand man, at the head of a new coaching team.

Morientes previously worked with Benitez after transferring from Real Madrid to Anfield in 2006, and whilst the striker didn't enjoy the greatest of success with Liverpool in terms of goals, the pair have maintained contact and a good relationship.

Key for Benitez and Real Madrid, is having staff who genuinely know what it means to defend the colours of the club. Given the seven season he spent with the club as a player, Morientes has that in abundance.

Journalist Enrique Ortego explained to COPE: "Morientes would love to be assistant manager for Benitez. It's something that can't be ruled out, and the pair have a great relationship."

Amongst the tasks of Morientes, suggested Orgego, will be to: "Improve set-pieces," which is regarded to have been a weakness of the team. "Also, the effectiveness of goals. Although Real Madrid have been the most prolific scorers this season, they still weren't champions."

Somewhat coincidentally, Morientes will be featuring amongst the former playing legends, who will compete in the 'Corazon Classic Match' between Real Madrid and Liverpool on Sunday 14th June.

If the speculation is correct, by the time that charity match takes place, Morientes could well be more than just a former player. He could be assistant manager to the new Benitez era at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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