Despite Rafa Benitez’s future in doubt at Liverpool, The Kop boss is confident that he will remain in charge of the club next season, so much so, that he plans to adopt a ‘buy British’ policy when the window opens in July.
Benitez has been targeted by a number of European clubs which include the likes of A.C Milan and Inter. However, the Spaniard is adamant that he will be at Anfield next season, providing his summer transfer budget is large enough and he has full control over the spending of it.
Benitez has expressed he would like to bring in raw British talent to the club. He has tried in the past, when Gareth Barry was his main target last summer, but the England international chose City instead. Rafa insists that he has tried to bring in British players and will keep trying.
“Buying British players is something we have always tried to do. We tried to sign Gareth Barry and did the same with Glen Johnson.” (various)
The Liverpool boss has emphasised he wants to sign players who know what it means to play for Liverpool, and players to have a certain level of passion when doing so.
“That was always the idea. We have tried to bring in British players with the right mentality and the passion for the club. Shelvey is an addition like that.”
Liverpool have already signed 18-year-old midfielder Jonjo Shelvey from Charlton for an initial £1.7 million, and Benitez will continue his search for British talent in the upcoming months.
Bolton centre-back, Gary Cahill has been put on top of Rafa’s wish list this summer and has also been linked with Chelsea outcast Joe Cole. Rangers’ 18-year-old defender Danny Wilson has also been targeted by Liverpool. Wilson was crowned young player of the year in Scotland, and Rafa believes the youngster can solidify and bring British defending back to Liverpool.
So after 6 years in charge of the Merseyside club, it seems the Spaniard has finally woken up and smelt the morning coffee. In recent years Benitez has spent big chunks of his transfer budget on Spanish players, by doing so he has neglected what Liverpool have been missing in recent years…British determination and desire.
The Liverpool fans should be glad to hear that their manager has opted to sign British players rather than unknown ones from Spain. However, some fans will not be too keen on so many British acquisitions entering Anfield. A majority of the Liverpool faithful will want top class talent, and this is usually found in the depths or Europe.
Benitez looks to be building an English foundation for Liverpool which is great to see. With the exception of a few Premiership teams this is a rarity to see in the English game these days. Benitez deserves credit for his implementation of ‘buy British’ policy, its refreshing to see. Conversely, many Liverpool fans will argue and wonder if British talent can bring success to the famous club in the forthcoming years…Only time will tell.
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