The donation is a touching gesture and shows just how much Benitez valued the club, cause, the fans at Liverpool and the memory of the 96 that died during Liverpool’s FA Cup semi final 21 years ago. Benitez has signed a two-year deal with the European champions Inter and handed the cheque to the Hillsborough Family Support Group before he left, finally a touch of class comes out of the mess at Liverpool. Finally there is something positive to say after countless damning stories about the ownership, players, etc
Benitez has been a true gentleman and had shown a great amount of respect towards the Hillsborough victims and families during his tenure at the club and the support group’s chairwoman Margaret Aspinall said: “It was just nice to know he wanted to see us before he went.”
Many Liverpool fans will be upset to see their former boss go, especially during times of such uncertainty as their American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have turned a once great club into a mess and a laughing stock amongst their rival fans.
It is refreshing to see that Benitez has come out of this with a final unselfish gesture. More so in this day and age when most people in the game seem to be preoccupied mostly with their own agendas.
During his time at Anfield the manager would have given the Liverpool fans many great memories, particularly in the UEFA Champions League in which he saw them into two finals against AC Milan. Seeing the Merseyside come back from 3-0 down against AC Milan in Istanbul was one of the most incredible moments in the history of the club and the tournament itself, even more so as they were the unfancied side against both Milan and Premier League champions Chelsea in the previous round.
In Champions League campaigns the former Anfield boss also oversaw victories against many giants of European football such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
The 2008/09 Premier League campaign was the most memorable for Liverpool’s fans as they achieved 2nd place behind Manchester United (even though they managed to do the double over their bitter rivals) with 86 points, but could consider themselves unlucky as that total was enough for Chelsea to win the league in 2009/10 season.
Now that he is at Inter Milan many are expecting him to raid his former club as coach Mauricio Pellegrino and goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero should be joining him at the San Siro. He may also go back for unhappy Liverpool stars Javier Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt, it is also reported that he may try to hijack the Reds’ bid for Serbian forward Milan Jovanovich.
The Scousers pride themselves as being a close unit who rally together during times of hardship and I am sure they will forever appreciate Benitez for what he brought to Liverpool and for being the perfect gentleman during his time in the red half of Merseyside.