IAN RUSH: Why Rafa Benitez would be mad to leave Liverpool FC for Juventus

By Ian Rush on Feb 2, 10 08:27 AM in Columnists

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THERE has been so much speculation over the past week, but I can't see Rafa Benitez quitting Liverpool to take over at Juventus.

To be honest, it just wouldn't make any sense. Juventus is a club close to my heart and as far as I'm concerned they are the best club in Italy.

But if Benitez left to go there he wouldn't be going to a better club or one with more money to spend on signings.


In fact Juventus are in a worse financial situation than Liverpool.

They are only fifth in Serie A and aren't challenging for trophies.

I'd be very disappointed if he went there and I just can't see it happening.

Juve clearly want Benitez and have used the media to see what reaction they would get.

There have been so many rumours but Benitez insists he has not had any contact with them and he's also reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool.

He has vowed to stay on and I don't think he's the sort of man to go back on his word.

Of course this season has been frustrating but he signed a five-year contract last year and has a job to do.

The supporters have been very loyal to him and he has always said he will stay here as long as the supporters are still behind him.

I think some people read far too much into Benitez saying he was proud to be linked with Juventus.

Of course it's a good feeling when a big club wants you and that's all he said. Rafa also said he's staying so that should be the end of the matter. He's given his word and we have to believe him.

All this speculation can be unsettling for players. You don't want to hear stories about how the manager who signed you might be moving on.

Performances prove the players still believe in the manager. They have to stay focused and concentrate their efforts on ensuring we finish fourth in the league and win the Europa League this season.

We all know Liverpool need new investment to be able to really push on. I travel all around the world and the one league everyone watches is the Premier League. Serie A is rarely talked about.

There should be no shortage of interest in Liverpool and hopefully an injection of cash will ensure Benitez's long-term future is at Anfield.

I'm disappointed Liverpool didn't buy another striker

I'M disappointed we didn't sign a striker before the transfer window shut.

Fans want to know what happened to the £6million we got from selling Voronin and Dossena and rightly so.

Maybe the boss believes his squad is strong enough as it is or maybe that money wasn't available to him.

We're all in the dark about that.

With Torres out injured, there is a lot of pressure on young David Ngog.

He's still learning and is improving but Liverpool don't have much time because they are in a situation where they can't afford to drop points.

Ngog missed a great chance against Bolton but even the best miss sitters.

He has got to forget about that and concentrate on getting the next one. A derby goal would more than make up for it.

Everton pose a real threat in Merseyside derby

EVERTON will provide a much tougher test for us on Saturday than they did at Goodison back in November.

The Blues have got players back from injury and are full of belief after going nine games unbeaten.

Tim Cahill is finding some form and Landon Donovan has added something to their side, but one player we really have to be wary of is Steven Pienaar.

He was one of the few players who did well against us at Goodison and he's a class act.

If we're going to finish fourth it's a game we must win so all the pressure is on us. There is a lot more than just pride at stake and a derby victory would be a massive boost as we look to really kick on.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos was Liverpool's star man again

SOTIRIOS KYRGIAKOS was Liverpool's best player again in the win over Bolton.

Kevin Davies can be a real handful but the Greek refused to be bullied and won every header.

He has come into the side and done a great job. With Daniel Agger now fit, Rafa Benitez has a big decision to make ahead of the derby. Kyrgiakos is solid defensively but Agger is comfortable on the ball and offers you more going forward.

Once we got the first goal against Bolton the result was never in doubt.

After the second went in you could see a real surge in confidence and we've got to take that into the game against Everton.

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