Once a speculation starts, it is indeed immensely difficult to rub it off. Since Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez’s ill-advised coming out with the differences that he fosters with the club’s co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks over January signings, the theory that the Spaniard could lose his job before long has been steadily circulating in the press. Even after compatriot and Spanish international striker Fernando Torres came out and defended his manger last week, the future is looking far from rosy for Rafael Benitez.
Of course the Liverpool supporters, at least the majority of them, want Rafa to stay on as the manager of Liverpool but the American duo Gillett and Hicks (at least as the press would have it) seem to want someone else. And former Germany national coach Jurgen Klinsmann is being touted as that someone to take over from Rafael Benitez.
Klinsmann is based in California but for some time, the German has been said to be interested in returning to Europe and to management once again. Klinsmann accomplished a marvelous feat in taking unfancied Germany to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and has been tipped to take charge of a top European football team ever since.
Klinsmann is of course one of the candidates that the English FA are monitoring for the England job but with Liverpool’s relationship with manager Rafael Benitez not looking so rosy after all, things could alter in the course of the next few weeks.
Whether Rafael Benitez’s future at Liverpool is secure or not would be decided this week. On Tuesday, the Reds take on Olympique de Marseille in the UEFA Champions League in a clash that could see last season’s beaten finalists being dumped out of the most elite club football competition in the world. Liverpool then play Manchester United in the weekend and having suffered their first defeat in the English Premiership on Saturday, when they were rattled 3-1 by Reading away from home, they would be looking to bounce back.
Klinsmann to Liverpool – more dung-spreading by an overexcited media or is there some truth to it?