Chelsea boss Benitez open to Liverpool return

Rafael Benitez has admitted that while he is focused on succeeding as Chelsea’s interim manager, he retains a good relationship with Liverpool and would not rule out one day returning to Anfield as manager, the Daily Mail has reported.

Benitez still has a home on the Wirral in Merseyside, a legacy from his six years with Liverpool, having chosen to leave his family where they are settled while he worked in Milan with Inter and now London with Chelsea. The bond between Benitez and the area remains strong, he added, as he prepares to return to Merseyside with Chelsea to play Everton on Sunday.

I want to keep winning and you never know what can happen in football,” Benitez said, adding: “I have a very good relationship with the fans and the city [of Liverpool] but I’m a good professional and that means I will give 100 per cent for [Chelsea].

In his time at Liverpool Benitez won the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006, and also took the Reds to second in the Premier League, the closest they have come to winning the title since 1990. Benitez also took Liverpool to a second Champions League final, in 2007, where they were defeated by Milan, the same side they beat in dramatic fashion in 2005.

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