And so it seems that Rafa won’t be Gaffer at Anfield for much longer. Join me on a Youtube-dominated trip down Memory Lane, as we review the highs and lows funny stuff from Rafa’s time at Liverpool.
The hall-mark of Benitez’s early days was his ability to tactically transform a match from the sidelines. Here, for example, he uses the international language of gesture to ask Steven Gerrard to dig a tunnel to Goodison Park, swear at everyone, then return.
Benitez’s gesturing was so authoritative that even Sky’s in-game graphics were at his command.
It’s no wonder the players respected him. He used to play for Real Madrid, don’t you know.
It all started to go wrong for Rafa as the pressure of the 08/09 title race took its toll. The signs of stress were obvious: he grew the sort of dreadful goatee only a disturbed mind could permit, and his weight suffered.
Still, at least if Rafa does leave Anfield his summer, he’ll be able to leave with his dignity intact.