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What’s going on at Liverpool?

Rafael Benitez is not a happy man at the moment.
After surprising reporters by mentioning that he might be a candidate for the England job, Benitez has now been given a stern rebuke by co-owner Tom Hicks.

Hicks said:
After the Champions League final in Athens, Rafa made certain demands of us and we responded to those demands in the summer.
We brought in some good players and spent more money than has ever been spent before at this club.
We now have some crucial games coming up in the Premier League and the Champions League and we want to see if we can win these games with the players we have.
This was the message we gave to Rafa recently and I think during the international break he must have grown a bit frustrated about this.
We told him to concentrate on the games coming up and nothing else and I guess he didn’t like that.
But, for the time being, we just need to be focused on what happens on the pitch.

Benitez stunned the media assembled for his press conference on Thursday by saying he would be a good candidate for the England job. Apparently unhappy at the reaction to his announcement, Benitez said:

Maybe I could be Steve McClaren’s replacement if I improve my English. I was being serious. You never know what can happen in the future.

The dispute between Benitez and the club’s owners seems to have got slightly out of hand, with the Americans refusing to talk about further signings until they meet with Benitez after Liverpool’s home game against Manchester United on the 16th of December. Benitez is reportedly frustrated that the owners have refused to green-light the full signing of Javier Mascherano whose loan expires at the end of the season.
Mascherano has impressed fans and pundits alike with the ease in which he has settled into the club and become an important member of the first-team. Mascherano will not be short of suitors should Liverpool fail to come up with the money for his transfer, though the player is reportedly keen to stay on Merseyside.
Whatever happens, watch this space because this dispute won’t go away easily. Liverpool’s results will be under huge scrutiny with the club’s owners unlikely to need too much persuasion to part with the Spaniard should they fail to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League, or should league form not improve.

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