Rafa: I’ve been good value for Reds

Rafael Benitez has rounded on his critics after claiming he has actually made money for Liverpool during his six-year Anfield reign.

The Spaniard recently declared his intention to see out the remaining four years of his contract despite being linked with several other coaching jobs in recent months.

Finishing a distant seventh in the Premier League this season has led to strong criticism of Benitez, who has won the Champions League and one FA Cup during his time on Merseyside.

However, the former Valencia coach refuses to accept that, after spending an estimated £280million on players during his time in charge of the Reds, he should have landed more silverware.

"Some people say I have spent £280million," he said."But we have spent £220million on players and generated £160million in player sales.

"That is the equivalent of a £60million net spend over six years. In other words, £10million spent per year.

"Deduct from that figure the £120million revenue from the Champions League success and qualification over that period and we have in fact generated an additional £60million benefits for the club."

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