Napoli manager Rafael Benitez sympathises with Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers

As reported on ESPN, Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has sympathy for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, with the former Swansea boss enduring a difficult campaign after finishing runners-up last season.

Liveprool were two points off the title last season, but find themselves 11th in the table and 15 points off the league leaders just months into the new campaign. It’s led to Rodgers being criticised, with a selection calling for his sacking.

Benitez, formerly of Liverpool, led the Merseyside outfit to second in the Premier League in 2009, but the following campaign saw the Reds slipping down to 7th in the league. The Spanish coach eventually left the club after the disappointing campaign, and feels Rodgers could be set to suffer the same problem.

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,” he said.

“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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