In an exclusive interview with The Anfield Wrap, Rafa Benitez speaks to Neil Atkinson, Dan Garb, Tony Evans and Rory Smith about his book, his football idealogy, his ideas on youth football and just why he picked that starting line up in Athens.
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Well done lads. Played that twice in a row, and will listen more than once again, so enjoyable.
I really want Brendan to succeed, but could any red think we would be 17th and strikerless with that ruthless tactician in charge?. Even to go back a season and give him the £100m war chest, what might he have done with it. Whoever it was that really put the hodge in, thanks for the five year setback.
I think he’ be the very first to point out to you that it was a net spend of around 30mil last year & hardly a war chest. The great thing about Rafa was that he played the most exciting football this club has ever seen & he never ever made any mistakes.
As much as I want Brendan to succeed, I’d do anything to get this man back in charge.
What a legend Rafa is….
Went to see him at the Times thing and what shone through aside from his very honest love of the club was his idea of progress. We’re a club living hand to mouth on a season by season basis at the moment but with Rafa I sense a genuine foundation to build upon.
It wasn’t a Q and A the other night but I would have loved to ask ‘Given the resources we currently have, what would you add first. And then second?’
legend, and total. genuis
.I apologize rafa for watching liverpool 0 west ham 0 and booing the team at the final whistle for going top of the league ONLY BY 2 POINTS and not 4.
I am really sorry,,,,
Great interview. Thank you.
Does anyone have a link to Rafa’s press conference after the 4-1? Or a transcript of it?
Really interested to hear it, as I’m not sure I did at the time – was living in Australia.
I was at that game too, zain. Can’t say I booed, but felt like a spoilt brat once the wheels fell off after 08/09 for moaning about draws at home.
Anyway, great interview TAW! The Athens selection is a much of a muchness for me tbh. Kewell’s body had let him down in two finals within a few months in ’05, whereas Zenden had slotted a pen in the shootout of the semi. I remember Pennant being our best performer in that final as well, which just doesn’t stop getting any weirder with time. I think his end product would have looked a lot better with Crouch starting (not too unlike Downing’s if Carroll had started more in the league last season).
Shame Bellamy and Kuyt weren’t the transferred wingers they’d go on to be. Them either side of Crouch, with Gerrard in behind might have had enough to make us 6x european champions.
KWALITY rafa needs to be back in football soon. massive loss. too think he had us no1 ranked team in europe with all the shite going on puzzles me how anybody doubted him never mind some lfc fans.also would like to see that press conferance after 1-4 win
Great interview lads. Siempre es posible, Cheers Rafa
Great to hear him discussing LFC again. I received my copy of his book yesterday and am really looking forward to reading it from front to back tonight. The man is a true LFC icon for what he achieved with us. I remember seeing him at the Hillsborough service at Anfield when he got a standing ovation and it was an extremely touching moment. The bond between him and the fans is/was almost like no other.
Thanks for everything Rafa (and Montse of course)
ps. damn shame it was only 20min long as I could listen to him talk footy for days!
One of these years soon someone is going to snap him up.
Good God, you jinxed us Josek.
great interview and could of listened to Rafa talk for a lot longer but I’m sorry Tony Evans comes across as a right knob! Ruins what is a serious and perfectly good interview.
Actually made me cringe into my headphones every time he opened his mouth.
More please…with the embarrassing fella.