I had yet another long 'support Rafa' rant mostly typed up, but screw it. This'll be much shorter.
Nearly six years ago, I was piss-drunk at a pub in London watching Celtic dump Liverpool out of the UEFA Cup, winning 0-2 at Anfield. The team finished fifth that year with 64 points.
In the last five seasons, I’ve seen Liverpool go to Juventus, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter, Arsenal, and Madrid and get a result in the Champions League. Liverpool currently has what I’m nearly positive is its highest Premiership points total after 26 games. And I’m seeing more and more rumors that Benitez will resign or be pushed out, and a steadily growing minority clamoring for it.
So forgive me if I’m a bit incredulous. It just feels like reiterating these particulars, links to the players’ faith in Benitez, and my belief that a change in management would set Liverpool back another five years from top to bottom – especially with these owners – is getting a bit irritating. I'm still waiting to see someone name one (just one!) viable, available alternative to Benitez.
Oh, things could certainly be better. All those draws and lost opportunities still stick in the craw. And they’ll be repeatedly replayed in the mind. But, not to fall too much into cliché, things sure could be an awful lot worse.