Liverpool have had some extraordinary managers in their past, with those that have lifted European Cups indelibly etched into the club’s history. Rafa Benitez is one such manager and is always remembered fondly. Benitez has explained in a recent interview why he had a harder time at Anfield than Jürgen Klopp.
Benitez was first appointed gaffer at Anfield in 2004.
The Spaniard replaced the outgoing Gerard Houllier and arrived with an impressive reputation having won the Spanish La Liga twice with Valencia.
His first season will never be forgotten, he took us to our fifth European Cup win, pulling off the miracle of Istanbul in 2005.
He has since had spells at Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Newcastle.
Speaking to Marca in Spain, Rafa Benitez has explained why Jürgen Klopp has had it easier than he did at Anfield, saying:
“We had no money. Our transfer budget, in my last year, was €17m.
“So, with that you could not compete. We had to try to sell to buy and when you sell Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Torres,
“It was the only way to try to get closer to the rivals. This Liverpool team has two or three years of very good investment and a lot of success in signing. And then, a coach whose opinion is valued by the owners.”
What RTK has to say
Rafa is by no means trying to make excuses here, he is talking FACTS.
The ex-Reds boss had it tough during his reign, he had to endure the Hicks-Gillette ownership, whilst Jürgen has had the pleasure of working with FSG.
Things may have been different for Rafa had he had similar backing from the owners, both in faith and transfer policy.
However, he still gave us some of our most memorable moments of the millennium so far, he will always be welcome at Anfield.