Liverpool and Benitez must now part company
Liverpool are in a terrible run of results - won 0 drawn 4 lost 1, and this is not taking into account their poor 1-1 draw with Luton in the FA Cup and embarrassingly conceding 2 goals against Havant & Waterlooville. 2008 has so far been nothing short of a disaster for Liverpool and the fact that the Americans have managed to refinance their borrowing (i.e. they are sticking around) just adds to the woes.
It is clear that Rafa Benitez has lost the confidence of his players. He cannot argue that these poor results are down to injuries not can he suggest that his players are fatigued. Rafa has simply lost it which is a great shame because I really did think he was the right man for the job.
Rafa is still, and he deserves to be, well respected for his Champions League success with Liverpool and for the results he achieved at Valencia. But the fact remains that he has never got Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League title in the 4 seasons that he has been their manager.
This is simply not good enough and the Americans must now start looking for Rafa's replacement to be installed in time for the start of next season.