Rafa Benitez Is In the Wrong Part Of Management

Chris RowlandsCorrespondent INovember 2, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Rafael Benitez of Liverpool substitutes Yossi Benayoun during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on October 31, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have lost six of their last seven competitive senior games, only a 2-0 win against rival Manchester United have prevented this from being one of their worst runs in a rather magnificent history.

Many pundits and fans have laid the blame at the shoes of their Spanish manager, Rafael Benitez; perhaps this is justified, perhaps not. All I know is, his five year stint at Liverpool have shown him to be one of the best potential international managers in the world.

Think about it: he won the Champions League in a squad that included the likes of Milan Baros, Salif Diao, and worst of all, Djimi Traore. The poor squad was not his fault, he inherited most of it from his predecessor, Gerard Houllier.

Surely only a tactical genius could win such a prestigious competition with the squad he had?

Time and time again we have seen Liverpool come back and win games they had absolutely no right to. If Benitez was any good in the transfer market, I have no doubt Liverpool would have won the Premier League by now. However, constant terrible signings have led Liverpool into the 2009/10 season with players such as Antony Voronin getting regular games: this may well be a criminal offence.

If there was nothing but harmony in the boardroom at Liverpool, they would have seen the need to appoint the "dreaded" Director of Football; somebody like Sven-Goran Eriksson, somebody with a vast knowledge of the game to bring in quality signings that compliment the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

Were Benitez to leave club management, he would no longer have to worry about making signings, he can do what he seems to love best: play with tactics.

Picture this: American Samoa not conceding double figures against a semi-decent international side such as Australia (Australia have beaten the minnows 32-0 in the past, a record). It would be incredible. Possibly even a national holiday. All this is possible if Benitez goes international.