Did Rafa Just Lose His Final Match At Anfield?

Benítez took a tactical risk in putting out a team that was decidedly incapable of playing from behind: a 4-5-1 with a worker bee (Dirk Kuyt) at the top of the formation. When a gasp-inducing Steven Gerrard era gifted Didier Drogba a goal, Benítez had to do adjust early.

It was a set-up that was his best bet: put his best players out, set-up the team to hold Chelsea and find a goal somewhere – almost typical Benítez. That his tactics were undone by his most valuable player may be the bitter, literary irony that underscores Benítez’s exit: his best efforts undone by the club itself, with the onlookers never able to answer the underlying question – is Rafa the right man, right now?

The commentators leaned on it at the match’s onset, and it because a more prominent theme after Frank Lampard made it 2-0: Was this Rafa’s last match at Anfield?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.