Benitez backs Dalglish

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Rafa Benitez has offered Kenny Dalglish his full support, with the former Liverpool manager insisting he believes that the club have the potential to win ‘a lot of trophies’ under the Scot.

Benitez managed Liverpool for six years, before moving to Inter Milan for a short tenure. The manager is currently out of work, and has talked about returning to the Barclays Premier League.

But when asked if he might consider going for the job at Liverpool, Benitez argued that Dalglish is perfect for the managerial role at Anfield, and will hopefully be in charge for the long term.


“I have a lot of respect for him and the things he is doing now,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “There’s no problem. Kenny is in charge and hopefully will be in charge for many years and win a lot of trophies.”

Benitez hasn’t made too many appearances at Anfield since he left the Liverpool post, but he insisted he still has an affinity to the Reds after winning the Champions League with the club in 2005.

“I have seen one or two games at Anfield but I don’t have a problem going back. I’m surprised when people say ‘Oh, Rafa is talking about Liverpool again,’” he said.

“Surely I can talk about Liverpool after six years! Especially when I brought back Kenny.

“I don’t have a problem, but I go to other games around the area, Stoke, Birmimgham, Aston Villa, Manchester City, there are four or five other stadiums I can go to. Wigan as well.

“I don’t feel awkward. The fans have been really good. I was really proud to be the Liverpool Football Club manager. If I go to watch the game I would like to see the players, the staff and the people that I was around, so that’s why I go to other stadiums.”

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