Football FanCast guest columnist Richard Loach is happy to finally see one Liverpool player come out and take a share of the responsibility.
After 24hrs of what has seemingly been relentless Benitez bashing, it was extremely refreshing to see a Liverpool player actually have the decency to come out and accept that they have been letting the manager down in recent weeks, due to substandard displays. Full credit to Javier Mascherano; it is shame a few others haven't had the good grace to do the same.
I know they say the buck always stops with the manager, in all these sort of situations, but the players for me always get off lightly in these situations. You only have to look how any teams that gets in a new manager mysteriously go on a good run of form, almost overnight, and it just goes to show that not only have those same group of players been cheating the manager, but the football club in general.
"If we play badly it is not the manager's fault, it is ours and we must take the responsibility,
"The manager can tell us how to play but on the pitch it is down to the players. We need to keep going and to work harder." (Guardian)
Rafa Benitez has made mistakes, a fair few in my opinion, but at the same time he has always ended up resolving them and history shows (contrary to Mark Lawrenson's belief) that we have improved season on season, and got closer and closer to the title. What I guess I am trying to say is that despite our poor run of form, Rafa has proven time after time that he is able to steer us out of trouble and I don't seem to feel there is reason to panic, despite all the ways the media are attempting to make us do.