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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Rafael Benitez rocks Liverpool boat

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has publicly shaken up a team which needs shaking.

Comments today make Benitez’s frustrations clear that he doesn’t feel he is getting the effort he needs from his team, and he is not. The latest game against Birmingham was a performance that should have seen the players return their salaries for that week.

I’d been thinking for a long time that the reason for Liverpool’s inconsistent play has been the non stop injuries pecking at the side. While that surely exists there seems to be a bit of a work ethic problem as well. This problem is not down to a single player, string of bad buys, a past coach or a current one, the problem is the mentality that’s set in from years of mediocrity and the team does just enough to stay at that level and no more. Thus you get two good games and then take one off.


"I don't want to spend time here without trophies. It's not enough for me to see my side play well in one or two games. I want consistency and that means everyone working harder. I told the players this week that when I decided to join this club I took it on as a challenge. I have not come to Liverpool to earn money.”-Benitez

And Benitez correctly noted:

"It shouldn't be like this. If you want to win trophies and play for a big club, you have to play important games all the time. Whether it's for the national team or Champions League, you have to reach a level and stay at it.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of them is Baros who always plays better internationally

2/16/2005 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya add henchoz to that pile

2/16/2005 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

idiots, henchoz isnt even a lfc player any more and has maybe played once or twice for the first team this season, and theres a lot to criticise about Milan baros but one of them is not his work rate, people should be vetoed before they are allowed comment on these issues.

2/16/2005 2:57 PM  
Blogger SmartPunk said...

Every real red fan will tell you that the only player worthey of the Liver bird week in week out is Jamie Carragher. I can't remember the last time he had a bad game, and I have never seen him shirk his duty as Liverpool player. The rest of the squad take note. And that includes you Mr Gerrard, you want to win trophies? Start playing like you do son

2/16/2005 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too right mate I bet Emlyn is turning in his grave after that performance. But I can't agree that Baros is lazy, he runs his heart out bless him

2/16/2005 3:07 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Someone wrote above:

"people should be vetoed before they are allowed comment on these issues."

I'll only really cut out a comment if its offensive.

Thanks for righting the thread though.

2/16/2005 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

need complete overhaul of personnel and also takeover of club then benitez can buy proven quality with cash at his disposal

2/16/2005 5:18 PM  
Blogger injinuity said...

its so frustrating for a club the size of liverpool to be stuck in no mans land....

I say lets go the arsenal way and prostitute our stadium, make money off stadium endoresements, opt for a takeover.. bring in investment and buy more talent and lets go for glory next season... You will never walk alone.

2/18/2005 1:33 PM  

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