Those with the best interests of Liverpool at heart might, on reflection, see Thursday night’s elimination from the Europa League as the first step on the road to redemption. A trophy might have papered over the cracks.
I winced on being made aware that, on the eve of the Hillsborough memorial day, Benitez’s agent was briefing the media that Juventus wanted him as manager. How’s that for timing?
Almost as bad, Benitez himself spent the build up to the Madrid game complaining about how he hadn’t yet spoken to the new chairman and that he didn’t know of the club’s intentions. He should have been concentrating wholly on the game: as he claims he does anytime anyone asks him what ‘he’ intends regarding future employment.
I’d have sympathy for him if he said: “No, I want to stay at Liverpool but I don’t know what the club wants.” He hasn’t. So, given Liverpool’s shoddy season, with the manager deserving, in my view, to shoulder a lot of the blame, surely supporters should be saying: You want Juventus?
Goand take the likes of El Zhar with you.