Liverpool must not dwell on past, warns Benitez

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has warned the club that they must concentrate on the future instead of dwelling on their narrow failure to win the Premier League title last season, reports ESPN.

The Reds looked favourites to win their first Premier League crown until a defeat by Chelsea allowed Manchester City to overtake them and claim the crown by two points. Since then, current manager Brendan Rodgers has lost key striker Luis Suarez, and brought in a number of new players to add depth to the squad.

However, results have been inconsistent this time around and performances patchy, meaning Liverpool are lying in 11th place after 11 games and in danger of suffering a group stage elimination in the Champions League.

Before Rodgers, Benitez – now in charge of Napoli – was the previous man to lead Liverpool to second, but the following campaign saw them finish seventh, albeit partly due to a lack of investment and ownership issues.

And the Spaniard has now urged Rodgers to try and avoid a similar fate, saying: “You have to have this experience and say: ‘What can we do now?’ We cannot change what happened so we have to think: ‘What can we do for the future? How can we be in the same position?’ So I think that’s the only thing.

“When we finished second, I was really pleased because we had 86 points and it still was not enough and everyone went: ‘Oh, you lost an opportunity’. So if you continue moaning about, ‘Oh, we lost an opportunity’, you will not be ready for the future. You have to concentrate on what you did well, what you did badly and then try to improve for the future, for the next one.”

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