The return of the Spanish Messiah, the Godfather 2, the second coming, call it what you want, but the reality is it’s going to be more like the second Dumb and Dumber. As romantic as the return of Rafa Benitez would be, it would ultimately would only end in tears.
There have been comparisons drawn between him and Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea, but Benitez isn’t Mourinho. In the same way that George Lazenby isn’t Roger Moore. His previous reign brought great success, winning the Champions League, Super Cup, FA Cup and the Charity Shield, but a return is inconceivable.
By the end of his reign people were calling for his head, he’s a short term manager that builds for now, not for the future. He doesn’t fit the profile FSG want at the club and a lot of the younger players brought in by Rodgers would suffer from a Benitez return.
He will always go down as one of the great Liverpool managers, for the way he endeared himself towards the fans and the success he brought, namely the 5th Champions League, the one for keeps. But in footballing terms a return would be a mistake for both him and the club, he is doing well at Napoli and has no reason to leave.
The team are in a strong position, they have a great fan base, a team mixed with age and experience and while not extravagant, a strong transfer fund. Coming back to Liverpool would see a desire for another rebuild and for every Xabi Alonso there was always a Robbie Keane. He was as wasteful with money as Rodgers and as a club Liverpool cannot afford that.
Liverpool need to bide there time with Rodgers, he has proven he can bring success and is only young, he will make mistakes and the last few team selections suggest he has learnt from them. In terms of their style of play there is no denying that Rodgers team plays the more attractive one.
The players Rodgers have brought have yet to adapt to his system, one that is very specific and needs development in. Proof of this is recent success due to the return of players such of Allen, Lucas and various others who already know his system.
Rodgers biggest mistake in the summer was buying purely for potential rather than known quality, he needed to buy a mixture of the two because potential takes time to develop and currently Rodgers doesn’t have that time.
I believe Rodgers knows his ideal side but it’s a matter of them all gelling individually before it comes together, in recent weeks he has finally focused upon improving the defence. You need to start from the back before you can move forward, especially without Luis Suarez.