Benitez vows to keep fighting

2010-01-14 09:00

Liverpool - Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez vowed to fight on despite the English giants suffering a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Reading on Wednesday.

Liverpool squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 after extra-time in their third round replay, a defeat which sent the former European champions spinning into a new crisis.

They are already out of the Champions League and are 12 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

"We have to keep our confidence and we can improve," said Benitez, who along with the team, was booed at the final whistle.

"We had chances, they had chances. The penalty (which allowed Reading to equalise in the last minute of normal time) was a crucial decision and we can talk about it for an hour. There were many things I didn't like but we cannot change the result.

"We are not in the competition anymore. If the critics are fair, then it's OK, but it's been the same for three months," added the 49-year-old.

Benitez had started the match with the boost of having signed experienced Argentinian winger Maxi Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid.

Benitez, who started his term with Liverpool on a real high with the Champions League title in an epic victory over AC Milan, also saw his evening's problems compounded when his two best players - Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres - went off injured.

Reading caretaker manager Brian McDermott said his side were fully deserving of their stunning win.

McDermott - who replaced Brendan Rodgers in mid-December - saw his side come from behind and then win the tie through a Shane Long header in extra-time to earn a home fourth round tie against relegation-threatened Premier League side Burnley.

"The guys were fantastic," purred McDermott. "We missed three or four good chances, but you've always got to think you are going to get another one.

"But we were good value tonight (Wednesday) - the lads were all brilliant.

"The chairperson (John Madjeski) is well pleased, but I'm not worried about the job. I'm just so pleased for him and the players."


  • Kruger - 2010-01-14 09:36

    Time for Mr. Benitez to move on I think.

  • Joe - 2010-01-14 09:39

    Patience is a virtue... and my patience with Rafa is at its end.. Bye bye Rafa. Your time is up !

  • LFC 4eva - 2010-01-14 09:40

    RAFA- Please help LFC and leave!!!!! Bring on Guus Hiddink!

  • You'll Never Walk Alone!! - 2010-01-14 09:42

    Can some please tell Rafa that he will be walking alone soon if he doesn't catch a wake up. Stop trying to sign players from mediocre Spanish clubs and rather keep our quality players.....

  • ALLAN - 2010-01-14 10:05

    Enough is enough! We have a good team, we all know this! Who is to blame here! Rafa???? I will not watch another game if he does not go!!!!

  • Kuven - 2010-01-14 10:09

    We as Liverpool Fans don't want vows we want him out we need to be the dominate club we once were and he has lost the plot so he can go play safe football in Spain we want to win trophies and play attacking soccer.If we loose Gerrad and Tores next here its curtains for LFC

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  • stanton - 2010-01-14 10:16

    Benitez has to go . Since he started the club has fallen . Why does the club insist on keeping such a Losing formula when it is the Fans and Sponsors who feel it the most . We want a competitive team not a team that only performs at Optimum when they face Man United . We need consistancy like Chelsea and owners that own the Club Because they love the game and its there Hobby.

  • John-Ednvale - 2010-01-14 10:18

    Please keep Rafa @ LFC, if he get's the Raymond Hack, I would'nt want to see him out of work so he can apply for a job down the road, if and when Sir Alex decides to retire. Heaven help us !!!!!! Man-U fan

  • Sharon - 2010-01-14 10:47

    Rafa, please stop deluding yourself and get the hell outta Anfield. I've been supporting Liverpool through the glory years, the not so good years - but this is getting RIDICULOUS. They've never been in poorer form - Rafa, do everyone a favour and say "Adios" before you do even more damage

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  • Banana - 2010-01-14 10:51

    Yes yes its time for Benitez to go, he has lost the plot, but who do we bring in?

  • chelsea fan van - 2010-01-14 11:11

    whahahahahahaha....pity but damn its funny...

  • ReThan - 2010-01-14 11:15

    The time has come, i have to say i WONT watch any game further untill Ben is gone! Why the hell does he put Gerrard and Torrez on in the first half then take them off!! he has no beain bloody spanish rubbish! GET OUT OF LFC!

  • Kuven - 2010-01-14 11:18

    To answer your question Banana we need a Jose Morinuho a coach with determination and drive someone willing to take risks to achive trophies.Liverpool have quality they just lacking formation under Rapha so Jose would be perfect

  • TRUE Red - 2010-01-14 11:40

    The best alternative to Rafa is King Kenny. Or Hiddink. But HELL NO to Mourinho ! But to all Rafa haters, answer me this : Up to this season, Rafa made Liverpool progress every year compared to when he started. Remember, we had a 30 POINT gap to the champions 5 years ago & were not even in the CL - RAFA brought down the gap each season, to just 4 points last season ! 5 years straight as a POWERHOUSE in the CL. I too don't agree with his formation, his substitutions & his persistance with none performing players THIS SEASON, but why have NONE OF YOU complained before ? "Sheep" is all I can say. The fact is the PLAYER'S themselves have to pull their finger's out thier a##$'s

  • KOPCOMMANDO - 2010-01-14 11:50

    I tried three seasons ago to get him axed and suggested Guus to anyone who would listen but unfortunately Abramovich did with spectacular results becase my brother is a Chelsea supporter and tipped them off,while LFC TV banned me from the forums with a stern threat of legal action if I don't desist with calling for RAFA on a stick. In fact I even had a run in with my least favorite manager of all time Graeme Souness at THIS IS ANFIELD and soon I was gagged there as well. RAFA is a moron. To prove how tactically inept he is I posted a tactical plan in April of 2006 to beat Man Utd and he copied it hook line and sinker to beat Ferguson ever since. To prove its not a fluke and that RAFA is indeed the problem at LFC and not the players I posted the same tactical plan on the forum at Fulham, Aston and Tottenham and that produced the recent flurry of Man united whippings you witnessed since then from these teams, to the complete bewilderment of Queen Fergie! The major problem at LFC are owners, they know nothing about football and bought a thriving business so when the crisis hit with RAFA they were too scared to change the formula for fear of making it worse by rocking the boat. I actually envy MAN Utd because they may be able to dump the Hicks' if they are forced to sell the club over the debt problems. Moore should get a consortium together and buy back Liverpool and rid us of RAFA.

  • Kuven - 2010-01-14 12:01

    True red you seem to be happy with almost winning trophies as you keep talking of where he brought us too.Remember as a Liverpool fan I don't want MUFC to overtake us with league titles.This year shoul have been our year for that reason only but with poor team selection and a coach that has no drive to win only to write nonsense in his small note pad after every lost we suffered this year how can we even try to stop MUFC.We suck under Benitez so yeah he brought us close but that is not good enough.Mourinho will bring the spark back to Liverpool So hell Yeah to Mourinho

  • Man United - 2010-01-14 12:03

    He won't leave because he will need to be paid out big cash for his contract being cut short and Liverpool is in financial trouble, just shows how English soccer is not about the football anymore!!!

  • Julian - 2010-01-14 12:03

    Mr. Benitez, Rafa - please for the sake of the club, the greatest club of them all, for the sake of millions and millions of fans all over the world - please stop this agony and leave!I know the club is in deep financial difficulties, but us the supporters must actually get our pennies together and pay his contract fees,so he can's made this great club - look so ordinary...I simply refuse and cannot watch our games anymore!Bring on King Kenny!Rafa time to finally realise that next time your flag will nor be flown in the KOP!

  • IAB - 2010-01-14 12:12

    kopcommando mate you've lost the plot lay off the herb its giving your brain a good rodgering

  • Magno - 2010-01-14 12:15

    It's really strange ! When I watch Liverpool play there are moments when the football is " the beautiful game" but these moments happen to infrequently and do not change the fact that this is a team going nowhere. The 2 main men have been firing at 50% of their potential - and Stevie G is just plain 'off!' Sure everyone with eyes can see Rafa is making far to many mistakes in selection, transfers, subs and game plan. Why does any Liverpool fan think there will be a 'turn around' when nothing has really changed this season. A change is as good as a holiday !

  • Kuven - 2010-01-14 12:22

    Well said Julian it has become painful to watch a great team like Liverpool fading away luckily they have true supporters that want to see them get out of this muck and become the great team they once were.Change is good so be it King Kenny or Guus or Mourinho we need change and we need a quality striker to back up Torres.Torres is great and we cannot loose him to another club

  • TRUE Red - 2010-01-14 12:29

    guy's, READ my post's - i ADMIT Rafa's formation, selections & substitutions have cost us THIS season, but the fact is the PLAYER'S also need to accept the responsibility - THEY PLAYED CRAP last night ! You can't DEFEND FOR 1 MINUTE to go through to the next round ? Come now, call a spade a spade. I too am a lifelong die-hard Red, and obviously don't want to see our records broken, but as long as we have the yank's as owner's, Rafa won't have the $$$ to compete with the likes of Utd, Chelsea & now City, FACT ! We have the SIXTH (6th) most expensive squad, but you guy's want to win the title ? Anything more than 6th, in REALITY, is over-achieving ! It's easy for us all to attack Rafa now when in a crisis, but why no compliment's for what he achieved over the last 5 years, i.e. closing a HUGE gap in the league & making us a powerhouse in Europe again ?

  • Kuven - 2010-01-14 12:58

    Maybe if he bought players that can play and not injured for half the season then they might make a difference.Also MUFC have an ordinary team this season but they still play well because of the coach yes they lost more often then normal this season but Sir Alex always manage to bring the fight out of his team whereas Rapha writes notes and still picks the same looseres every week he needs a slap on the face to wake him up

  • I see red! - 2010-01-14 13:06

    Rafa... it's the 67th minute, time for you to get substituted... for good! And don't forget to take little dog Lucas with you.

  • KOPCOMMANDO - 2010-01-14 13:25

    @IAB....well HICKS Jnr's recent rant at a Scouser fan that got him fired is proof of the pudding! The fans are finally starting to see the emperor is not wearing any clothing. RAFA is so tactically inept LFC would be better off with a chimpanzee. Also the players that won most of the trophys were from the squad Houllier build including capt fantastic Gerrard! Sammy Hyppia was one on the last remnants of that powerful squad. Since then LFC has been a revolving door for talent.At one point we had a ridiculous 12 strikers just as many as or drawn matches!

  • TOD - 2010-01-14 13:45

    The English Premier League is being destroyed anyways, with all the rich Arab Sheikhs, Russian Oligarchs and greedy Americans ploughing into it. I hope the English would make this an election issue, to win back the heart and soul of their communities and culture. Soon, there be minimal English players in development (barring the FIFA quota system) and British managers in top flight football in England. This is the last chance for England to win the World Cup. Theo Walcot can't win a World Cup on his own.

  • Brett Pretorius - 2010-01-14 14:01

    @ True Red. I know what you're saying. Rafa has brought us a long way, but this year it's shocking. I get it. The question is... Does he get one "blip" season or does he get the boot immediately? I am leaning towards the former because I believe stability is very under rated. I don't really buy into the knee-jerk instant gratification theology when it comes to managers. Barring a couple exceptions, most teams that excel over a period of time have stability in that dept. eg Ferguson, Wenger etc. If he's lost the dressing room though, and there are little signs here and there, then he has to be off. YNWA

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  • torres - 2010-01-14 14:59

    to all the haters, i ask who should we bring as manager??? pls don't say hiddink as roman pays his salary, don't say jose cause he would want £150mill plus to spend on players?? what manager is going to want to take a job were the owners tell him you can only have a net spend of £16mill a season??? the problem is we never grew as a club from the good old days, to kopcommando are you stupid bring parry back??? are you serious??? did you forget who sold the club to the americans???plus he kept us with a sponsor that only gave us something like £8mill a year pathetic. he should have gone with the arabs when they had the chance. no matter what you say it comes down to money and at the moment we have none!!!

  • Mourinho - 2010-01-14 15:08

    Catch a wake up. Jose would never leave a successful Inter team now for a lagging Liverpool team. That would be the worst mistake he will ever make. But Jose did say last month that he is eying a return to the premiership - and would love to manage ManUtd! So there goes Mourinho for the Liverpool hopefulls. Why do you think Fergie has said that his last season or two is on the horizon, the board of ManUtd must be eyeing Jose to succeed him... Best man to manage Liverpool now is Jomo Sono. He is the master of bringing in local talent - thats what Liverpool fans want right?... all of the Jomo Cosmos players to Anfield... Then he'l change your name to JomoPool too.

  • Wes - 2010-01-15 07:08

    Well well well... Listen to all the 'experts' who have probably never coached a football team in their lives. So now Rafa is not allowed to have a bad run as our coach?? In 5 years as coach he has had 4 very good seasons and now that he needs our support, you fickle supporters want him out?? You are a disgrace and do not know the meaning of 'The Liverpool Way' We do not criticize the coach in public, we support him and the rest of the team. No other world class manager (Jose, Guus, Mancini) would want to manage a club who will probably not back them in the transfer market. The owners are the problem, not Rafa!!!

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