Poll of the Day: Would Rafael Benitez be a success if he returned to Liverpool?

The 52-year-old coach has been out of work since leaving Italian outfit Inter back in 2010 and has admitted he was surprised not to be approached for the job this summer

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has stated that he was shocked not to be considered a contender for the vacant manager's job at the club in the wake of Kenny Dalglish's departure at the end of last season.

After a deeply disappointing league campaign which saw the Merseyside-based club finish a lowly eighth place, their lowest league finish for 18 years, the Scottish manager was given his marching orders to bring an end to his second spell in charge of the club.

However, rather than plump for a man that knew the club inside out having been at Anfield for six years between 2004-10, the club's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) moved for Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers.

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During that six-year stay at the club, though, Benitez helped the club to the Champions League triumph back in 2005 in Istanbul in a momentous match against AC Milan and the 2006 FA Cup Final over West Ham, while going on to strongly challenge Manchester United for the Premier League title back in 2008-9.

Benitez stated that it was strange not to have been approached, and said the Liverpool fans were positive about the idea.

It is worth remembering the financial constraints that he was working under too, during the ruinous reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett, where the club came close to entering administration, worlds apart from the sound footing that FSG currently have the club under.


With that in mind, would Benitez be a success if he ever returned to Liverpool in the future? Under less pressure from within, would he be able to concentrate more on footballing matters and lead the club back to glory? Let us know by voting in our poll, leaving a comment below, and following the debate on Facebook and Twitter.