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Rafa Benitez ‘would love’ to return to Liverpool as manager

Rafa Benitez has unfinished business at Liverpool and would love to return to the club at some point.

The Spaniard has been out of work since leaving Dalian Yifeng earlier this year and his sights are set on a return to Britain.

His representatives have been looking for potential options, with Celtic becoming a potential destination after Neil Lennon’s departure.

Benitez’s best years in the Premier League will be remembered for his time at Liverpool, where he spent four seasons.

During his time there, he won the Champions League on one of the most famous nights in European football at Istanbul in 2005.

As a result, the Madrid-born manager will always be welcome on Merseyside.

Rafa Benitez won the Champions League with Liverpool

But could he make an incredible return to the dugout at Anfield one day? Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Rafa would like to think so.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: “”There is a feeling of unfinished business with Rafa and Liverpool, I’ve always said that.

“Rafa would love to be the Liverpool manager at some point. Maybe in a time of crisis, proper crisis, not what’s happening now.

“Maybe in a time where there’s a need for a strong personality to steady a ship. But right now in the way that the owners are behaving and Klopp and everything, that situation doesn’t exist.

“How can we think that Klopp has reached the end of an era? Look at the bigger picture, how can anyone suggest that?

Rafa Benitez would love to return to Liverpool

“It’s laughable. It’s stupid and absurd to be talking about a future without Klopp.”

Benitez has not worked in England since his stint at Newcastle that came to an end in 2019 after failing to agree a new contract.

Fans have been desperate to see him return but with the current project under Mike Ashley, that remains distinctly improbable.

Balague added: “Is there a project with Mike Ashley, is there a plan? Is there an intention to actually spend money on the academy, and the facilities and in the squad?”

“If the answer’s no, then you’ve got the answer for Rafa if he was ever approached again. But he hasn’t and it is a no.

“It’s amazing to think that somebody of his calibre doesn’t have a team but it happens. He’ll have to wait for his moment.”




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