Rafa Benitez has not been shy in expressing his opinions about his former club since leaving in the summer to take over at Inter. Yesterday he was at it again, criticising the job that his replacement Roy Hodgson has done so far. “Every single press conference is worse than the last one,” he told The Telegraph. “He’s talking about things he doesn’t know.”
It wasn’t only Hodgson’s media dealings which Benitez was unhappy about. Benitez was often criticised for his perceived poor record in the transfer market, but it was here that he was perhaps most scathing in his criticism. “He signed nine players,” Benitez reminded everyone. “I left the squad with £10 million net spending,” he said to exonerate himself of any blame for Liverpool’s season so far.
Lucas: Form must improve.
Two consecutive wins have dragged Liverpool out of the relegation zone and up to the relative safety of 12th place in the Premier League, whilst easing a little of the mounting pressure on Roy Hodgson. With Chelsea next on the horizon, however, Lucas Leiva doesn’t want the mini revival to come to a shuddering halt against the league leaders.
“It’s three points and I think everyone can see we are improving all the time,” he told the Telegraph. “We still have to improve in the league but I think we are going the right way.” Liverpool’s confidence, he said, has been boosted by the recent upturn. “The only way is playing well and I think winning will give everyone the confidence to keep going.”
Youngsters make loan exit.
One of Paul Ince’s first acts as Notts. County’s new manager has been to raid his former club to bring in two new faces in on loan, according to liverpoolfc.tv. One is Liverpool youngster Stephen Darby, who will certainly benefit from the experience of regular first-team football, having been on the periphery of Liverpool’s match day squad for so long. It is the second loanee who raises eyebrows, as it is Ince’s son, Thomas Ince, who will also team up with his father until January 3rd 2011. It is hoped that regular first team football will benefit both players’ long term careers at Anfield.