Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is playing a dangerous game by courting other clubs, most notably Juventus. He is very popular among Liverpool supporters, but as Matt Hughes of the Times Online reports, he could be in danger of losing that support...and at a time when he probably needs them the most.
In what will remain a battle to survive at Anfield, Benitez has two great weapons in his armoury other than the cost of his dismissal: a gleaming replica of the European Cup in the trophy cabinet and the support of the majority of the club’s fans. No-one can take Liverpool’s remarkable 2005 Champions League triumph away from him, but the backing of even the most loyal supporters could easily be squandered.
By continuing to court other clubs, most recently Juventus, Benitez risks losing that support. Benitez had the perfect opportunity to repeat his commitment to Liverpool following Tuesday’s goalless draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, yet instead would only talk about the game in question, thus giving the Juve rumours added credence.
If Benitez does want to leave Liverpool then fair enough, though if he is merely seeking to prove a point to their owners then he is playing a dangerous game. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that many fans would happily wish him on his way.