Benitez dreams of Reds return

2011-03-24 12:58

London - Rafael Benitez has admitted he dreams of one day returning to Liverpool as manager following his departure last year.

The Spaniard had a disappointing end to his six-year reign at Anfield, with Liverpool failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish is currently acting as caretaker manager at the club, and is expected to be given the job on a permanent basis.

However Benitez, who left Inter Milan after only half a season, remains a popular figure on Merseyside and would jump at the chance to return to Anfield.

"I am really proud of being the manager of Liverpool Football Club and I would like to come back in the future," Benitez told Sky Sports News.

"You never know (when) because Kenny is doing a really good job. It's a question of time. You never know in the future.

"It would be a dream. I would be really pleased to come back in the future."

Benitez said while he would consider other jobs in England, he would never manage Liverpool's biggest rivals such as Everton and Manchester United.

"Fans in Liverpool know the teams I would not go (to) but I think these clubs wouldn't offer me a job.

"I'm a professional but obviously some clubs I would not go to, especially the big rivals of Liverpool. I won't say the names, but it's not difficult!"


  • kempie - 2011-03-24 13:15

    No way in Hell!

      Bob - 2011-03-24 15:13

      His dreams become my nightmares, KK on a 5 year contract please, love the man.

  • TRUE Red - 2011-03-24 13:19

    Personally, i still have a soft spot for Rafa. GREAT manager who was VERY unlucky to be there when the USELESS, ba$tard owner's were in charge. He made a few mistakes, but working with his budget, who can blame him ! As he said, "i asked for a table, they gave me a lampshade" With new new owners showing they are willing to invest (Suarez & Andy already !), he could do wonderful things, BUT, he will always be a distant 2nd choice to King Kenny in my books

      Shankly - 2011-03-24 13:46

      So true. There'll always be this feeling of unfinished business with him. He shouldn't have gotten the sack in the first place, maybe after a another season or 2 of no progress. But hey, Kenny's in charge now. Maybe when the King retires, he can recommend Rafa for the post. I believe he respects Rafa for what he's accomplished under atrocious conditions. Many thanks for the youth system overhaul Rafa and for bringing Pep Segura and Rodolfo Borell in (as well as bringing the back!!). If they can nurture the current crop of academy players, the future looks bright. YNWA

  • Kevin Pedersen - 2011-03-24 13:28

    This is old news, the comment is taken from an interview back in Feb. Why did news24 recycle this? or did they copy and paste from the Yahoo site?

  • jeremy - 2011-03-24 13:40

    If he'd said this when Roy Hodgson was around, I think people would have been prepared to listen. But now that Dalglish is back and doing very well thank you, I hope Benitez stays away. My hopes for next season - that Liverpool, with Dalglish as coach, tops the premier division - and that Schumacher wins at least one more race before he retires finally......

      Keenan - 2011-03-24 14:00

      Hope the King will become permanent manager, then we have a chance of some silverware

  • Keenan - 2011-03-24 13:50

    King Kenny forever thank you! I also supported Rafa when he was manager though. Yes he did make erratic decisions at times but he is not solely to blame for the horrid seasons the team had. Top players were also lost like Alonso (who didn't wanna leave) and Mescharano (who wanted to leave). They weren't replaced with players of the same calibur bcoz of the budger as TRUE Red has touched on. Oh well, we'll see what happens during the off-season..

  • Matie - 2011-03-24 13:54

    Hahahaha! I'm laughing and I'm a ManUtd supporter... If Liverpool does not sign King Kenny on a permanent contract or they do and Benitez makes a return to Liverpool in the near future, Liverpool will make a BIG mistake, Look how King Kenny has turned around Liverpool in a matter of months, give him the same time and support as Benitez received and Liverpool will be competing for the 19th EPL trophy sooner rather than later. That's my 5cents worth...

  • David - 2011-03-24 14:47

    I think Rafa has gone round the bend. He not only managed to get the Reds out of the Champions League, but everything else too, and his legacy very nearly sent us out of the Premier Division. He left us with a handful of useless signings which helped put poor old Riy into the trash can, and that legacy is still giving Dalglish a headache. Rafa was soon found out in Italy; yet he wants to come back! Perhaps he should try Africa next.

  • FactFile - 2011-03-24 15:58

    I liked Rafa as manager. Had some GREAT results with 'Pool with all the comebacks :), but hey... KING KENNY is in town. Step aside Rafa..! Down boy hehehe

  • James - 2011-03-25 18:41

    Maybe as the Orange boy!!!

  • Mukasa - 2011-03-31 06:45

    keep on dreaming BENITEZ but 4get LIVERPOOL. thax 4 wat u did and bye bye RAFA.

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