Saturday, December 15, 2007

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Rafael Benítez Now under Pressure

English club Liverpool is now placed fourth at the league point table with 30 points, seven points behind leading Arsenal. So, it is clear that they can not afford any slip off at this moment in order to keep themselves in the championship race. They are now going to face second placed Manchester United on Sunday at their home ground in a crucial English premier league match. However, manager Rafael Benítez is now facing lots of criticism after the team’s last week defeat to Reading by 1-3. The owners of Liverpool, George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks are coming to Liverpool this weekend to meet Rafael Benitez aiming to talk over the inconsistent performance of Liverpool this season.

So, it seems that ahead of the match against Manchester United, Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez is now also under pressure. Liverpool has won a crucial Champions league match on Tuesday last week against Marseille that ensured their place at the knock out stage. The main problem of Liverpool club is that they are continuously showing inconsistent performance in both English premier league as well as in Champions league.

Rafael Benitez joined Liverpool in 2004. Liverpool has won their fifth Champions league title in 2005 under his direction. However, Liverpool has failed to win their most sought after English premier league title which they got last time in 1990. However, ahead of his upcoming meeting with the club owners Rafael Benítez said:

“I am not worried about the meeting. It is clear we are trying to do the best for our club and the owners are trying to do the same. I have not spoken to them [since the rift] but I have spoken through Foster Gillett [George's son and a club director] a lot and we know more about the situation because of that”

He claimed that Liverpool was moving in the right direction. Regarding his meeting with the club owners, he also stated that they would be meeting in order to find a solution to the misunderstanding. Moreover, he was hopeful to repair their relationship.

Well, I think, Rafael Benítez is trying his best to bring more success for Liverpool. He led Liverpool to win the Champions league in 2005 and Liverpool was also the finalist in Champions league last season. So, I think, club owners should be given some more time to Rafael Benítez to expect more success. However, no doubt, Rafael Benítez will feel some pressure ahead of the match against Manchester United.

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