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An Open Letter: Please Keep Rafa!

I must admit that the past few weeks, especially when Liverpool were stumbling in the Champions League, were deeply worrying for me. Cast aside the obvious pleasure a United fan can draw from Liverpool's defeats and look at the bigger picture.

It was seriously mooted that Rafa Benitez's tenure at Anfield could come to an abrupt end. And I must admit it shocked me. Our own brand of Americans turned out to be unpleasant in many sense but overall possibly better than we ever excepted. But Liverpool's Yanks might have unleashed something terrible, something that sends a shudder through even the most hardened United fan. It was conceivable that they would fire the manager who just keeps on losing against United.

It was immense relief to hear the Spanish waiter claiming the misunderstanding between the owners and himself had been cleared and that they still had the chance to win the title. Hearing this, I was overcome with a mingled sense of relief and gratitude. Relief that Benitez is staying and gratitude to the Americans for keeping faith with him.

What does their decision mean for us, amused spectators of the events at the Mersey? It is possible that nothing at all. For all my worries about Benitez leaving, I must admit that I can't name a single manager on Earth who could deliver the league title for Liverpool. Perhaps Mourinho is the exception but he won't come, will he? But still: with Benitez staying, we can rest assured that they have a manager who has proven he can't win the league here.

Some years ago, I've read something about an ingenious theory of the 'Houllier roundabout'. The basic aspect of it was that during the Frenchman's reign it was assumed every summer that only one corner needs to be turned now, only one puzzle is missing. Yet when he turned a corner, he found another, much steeper and haunting one behind... Benitez's reign increasingly resembles it - Houllier delivered no Champions League but won the UEFA Cup and finished second in the Premiership - with the obvious exception which is the following:

The Frenchman's Liverpool actually managed to beat Manchester United on occasions. Benitez is clearly unable to fathom a plan that would bring three points against us in the league. His record against Sir Alex is appalling from a Liverpool view and delightful from my own: seven league games, six United wins and one draw. They weren't even able to score a single goal against us in the league: their only goal (in the our 2-1 win at Old Trafford in 2004) came courtesy of John O'Shea who turned a cross into his own net.

It is most convenient that despite all this, Liverpool fans adore him. It could not be better. I think every sensible United fan must pray for Rafa to stay, to hang around turning more and more corners, jabbering away about how they contolled the games and created chances but still lost... It is the best that could happen to us, believe me.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 18 2007

Time: 5:18PM

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I must admit, Rafa has done well as a L'pool manager(except PL), two champions leage trophy in three years is not bad. but he did poor in PL.
Star 3000
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18/12/2007 18:22:00

That's one Champs League trophy you mean. Losing in a final does not merit a trophy for even Liverpool :-) They'll never win the league with him and that's the most important for me.
midlothian99
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18/12/2007 18:45:00

hehe, i agree, it's a great pleasure to know we can beat liverpool whenever we want. can't wait for the game at old trafford.
Vidicinho
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18/12/2007 18:48:00

Neither can I. You'll see a different Liverpool with the likes of Torres and babel fully settled. Agger and Alonso will also be back and we really missed them two on sunday.
Aamir
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18/12/2007 20:06:00

i just love sarcasm :-)
merlin
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18/12/2007 20:46:00

Aamier is the most stupid person that ive ever heard and he actually thinks that liverpool will win at old trafford hahah typical liverpool fan !!
Jakk-United-2007
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18/12/2007 21:00:00

aamir, alonso and agger both played at old trafford last season. remember the result?
Vidicinho
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18/12/2007 21:30:00

Last season is last season. Jacckkkkllknaiuvbihy, is the most stupid person I've ever heard. Before you call anyone else stupid, I'd suggest you learn to spell and construct a correct sentence. Come back when you can do that. OK?
Aamir
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18/12/2007 21:37:00

Aamir, let me suggest something: come back when you will be able to grasp the truth that no matter who you field from your squad, we are miles better than you. No Agger and Alonso? Well, we did not have Gary Neville and Scholes.
midlothian99
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18/12/2007 21:40:00

Scholes, OK, fair enough. But I'm Afraid Ugly Sister Gary is way past it.
Aamir
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18/12/2007 22:01:00

And what makes you say Alonso will be back? It's like saying Saha will be fit at that time, considering their injury history...
midlothian99
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18/12/2007 22:05:00

Alonso hasn't had a bad injury history. His recent injuries have been metatarsal related, injuries which could easily happen to any player.
Aamir
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18/12/2007 22:46:00

Haha..Liverpool Beat United At Old Trafford..They Cant Even Do It Infront Of There Kop At The Moment Bless Em :)..
H4RL3Y-MUFCRON4LDO
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19/12/2007 18:50:00

lol well sed H4RL3YMUFCRON4LDO i totaly agrea !!!!!!!
mufc-henry
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19/12/2007 20:35:00

You tell em Aamir.How many of you mindless,brainwashed idiots are not from Japan or have ever been to O.T?We missed Agger and Xabi bigtime.And your dissin Rafa?!How many attempts did it take Rudolph to win the league?As I recall,he would have been sacked had Robins not scored a late winner against Oldham.United have far outspent Liverpool every year before and since Rafa has joined yet hes managed to significnatly close the gap and assemble a fantastic young squad. Rafa-2 champions league finals in 3 years Rudolph-1 '' '' in 25 years???? 18 leagues+5 european cups=untouchable 18 leagues=
El-Nino-9
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20/12/2007 16:24:00

 

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