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SO Liverpool's attempts to follow in the footsteps of The Beatles on the route to success and glory in Hamburg faltered at the final hurdle.

Now the questions will be asked whether Rafael Benitez has reached the end of his long and winding road as Anfield manager.

If the Spaniard was still waiting on reassurances over his long-term future earlier this week, then he received little encouragement on the field last night as hopes of a Europa League final appearance were dashed by Atletico Madrid.

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AT the start of the season, Rafael Benitez would have sat back in his office at Melwood and envisaged his team's European adventure ending in Madrid.

Now the Liverpool manager faces the task of ensuring the complete opposite after hopes of salvaging silverware from a tortuous campaign were left teetering precariously in the balance.

A slender defeat to Atletico Madrid was the ultimate outcome after a circuitous 24-hour, 1,200-mile journey to the Spanish capital for their Europa League semi-final first leg.


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WHEN it comes to causing Liverpool problems, it's clear West Ham United can't hold a candle to some volcanic ash.

In a week in which disruption both on and off the field threatens plans for a successful end to a tortuous campaign, last night proved uncharacteristically straightforward for Rafael Benitez and his players.

A comfortable home win against the relegation-threatened Hammers provided a welcome boost for morale ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg at Atletico Madrid.


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A SIMPLE beach ball has epitomised much of the misery for Liverpool's tortured support this season. Yesterday, however, it helped bring the smiles back on the faces of everyone at Anfield.

As they watched their team comprehensively dismantle Sunderland in thrilling fashion, the home fans momentarily turned their attentions to the visiting dugout and regular nemesis Steve Bruce.

"He's got a head like a beach ball" sang the Kop in unison, prompting an outbreak of laughter throughout the stadium that the Sunderland manager couldn't help but join.

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NEVER mind the new pitch, Liverpool laid out the red carpet for Wigan Athletic last night.

An utterly woeful performance from Rafael Benitez's side saw them slip to defeat at the DW Stadium and suffer a devastating blow to their hopes of Champions League qualification.

Knowing victory would move them back into fourth place, Liverpool were architects of their own downfall as Hugo Rodallega's 35th-minute strike was enough to deepen the gloom at Anfield.


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