After today’s draw against Birmingham, Liverpool now find themselves 4 points behind Manchester City in the race for 4th spot and many, including myself, think Champions League qualification is now out of the Merseyside club’s reach.
Before the season started, Liverpool were tipped to well in both the Premier League and cup competitions, however with just a handful of games to go, their only chances of silverware are in the Europa League and personally, I can see them being knocked out of that competition by Benfica on Thursday.
They didn’t get far in either the FA Cup or Carling Cup and after their early exit in the Champions League, there was speculation that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez would be on his way out of Anfield. Why they didn’t get rid of him back in December, I really don’t know.
Obviously the money is an issue, given the fact Liverpool would have to pay Benitez several million pounds should they decide to sack him. If and when Liverpool fail to finish 4th, I firmly believe Benitez should and will be sent packing.
Liverpool need a top manager to bring them forward because at the moment, under Benitez, they are going backwards. The owners unwillingness to cough up funds hasn’t helped Benitez, however with the players Liverpool have, they should easily be finishing in the top 4.
His decision to take Fernando Torres off without half an hour to go at St. Andrews today baffled me. Benitez said Torres was exhausted, however I am of the belief that if you desperately need a goal to win a game you keep your best players on, as long as they aren’t injured. Torres wasn’t injured yet Benitez decided to bring on Ngog.
So basically, I believe Liverpool will finish 5th or 6th and Benitez will be gone.