Is Rafa ruining Liverpool?
Almost one year ago to the day I wrote an article called "Liverpool and Benitez must now part company". At that time Liverpool were in a terrible run of results - won 0 drawn 4 lost 1 and they ended the season without a trophy, and once again, they did not challenge for the league title.
I felt that Rafa Benitez had lost the confidence of his players by making silly decisions, hence I was amongst many people who thought he should leave.
At the start of 2009, things seemed to have changed. Liverpool were top of the league and the confidence was running high. Everyone thought this could be Liverpool's season.
Then all of a sudden things started going wrong - Gerrard was arrested, Rafa has a rant at Sir Alex, the Americans had not renewed Rafa's contract, the building of the new stadium was left in limbo, Keane was being dropped.
This has all culminated in four consecutive draws which has pushed Liverpool from 1st to 3rd. They are not playing with any confidence, and face the prospect of being pushed to 4th in the league should they not beat Chelsea this Sunday. They could find themselves out of the title race if they lose the game. Then they face Everton in the FA Cup next Weds and Liverpool's season could be in tatters if they lose that one as well.
I had a bad feeling, when Rafa went off on one at Sir Alex, that it would backfire on him There is clearly a power struggle between Rafa and the Americans, and Rafa's treatment of Keane is humiliating to say the least.
I don't know what is ruining Liverpool at the moment, but the more I think about what he has done in the past, and what he has recently done, the more I believe that it is Rafa who is ruining Liverpool.