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Rafa Benitez’s decision to go against the less traditional manner of defensive set-up has been an ever present topic for debate since the Spaniard’s arrival in England in 2004. Everyone marks man-to-man from set pieces don’t they? It’s the done thing, the way that things have gone on for ever and ever, from the Sunday League to the Champions League. Anything else is nonsense isn’t it? Why do Liverpool insist on playing it differently?
Their manager’s preference for zonal marking dates back to his playing days. Aged just 26, injury cut short Benitez’s progress as a midfielder in the lower reaches of the Spanish leagues. He ended his career with an impressive 17 goals from 34 games for Linares CF, a club in a small town in Andaluc