Image source: Getty Images/Visual China Group
Spanish transfer expert Guillem Balague insists Rafael Benitez would love the chance to return to Liverpool. Benitez left the Chinese club Dalian Pro earlier this year and he is currently out of work. There is plenty of speculation over where the former Reds boss will go to next.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Balague played down any prospect of Benitez returning to Anfield in the short-term due to the presence of Jurgen Klopp. Yet he said that Benitez still has a desire to manage the Reds once more.
“There is a feeling of unfinished business with Rafa and Liverpool, I’ve always said that,” Balague said. “Rafa would love to be the Liverpool manager at some point. Maybe in a time of crisis, proper crisis, not what’s happening now.
“Maybe in a time where there’s a need for a strong personality to steady a ship. But right now in the way that the owners are behaving and Klopp and everything, that situation doesn’t exist. How can we think that Klopp has reached the end of an era? Look at the bigger picture, how can anyone suggest that? It’s laughable. It’s stupid and absurd to be talking about a future without Klopp.”
Balague says there is currently no prospect of a return to Newcastle for the 60-year-old
He asked: “Is there a project with Mike Ashley, is there a plan? Is there an intention to actually spend money on the academy, and the facilities and in the squad? If the answer’s no, then you’ve got the answer for Rafa if he was ever approached again. But he hasn’t and it is a no. It’s amazing to think that somebody of his calibre doesn’t have a team but it happens. He’ll have to wait for his moment.”