In an astonishing interview, the Kop boss has confessed for the first time that Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano and Pepe Reina may have to be sacrificed if the Reds fail to claim the top-four place that will secure the club financially.
Benitez said that:
He may not be able to reject a big-money offer for any of his star performers without the consent of owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The futures of his highly-coveted players are likely to hinge on Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League again.
Now on the surface this seems totally mad if what he says is true…but of course it is not what he says but why he is saying it. Raffa thinks he is the master politics and in particular the politics of Liverpool FC.
He is upping the stakes with Hicks and Gillett. Basically ‘Give me the money for players or I’ll leave you with nothing’.
My view is that if Raffa dosn’t get the money or players he needs and fails to secure 4th or 3rd place then he will leave. If he leaves then my money would be on Torres, Renia and Mascherano also leaving. Stevie G is quite a different animal.
There is no way that Raffa would sell the boys and stay so the picture is even worse.
So what do I predict?
Liverpool secure fifth place and melt down. Hicks and Gillett sell fast to the Arabs and another re-build starts.
No title for another 10 years!!!