Benitez claims Liverpool tie caused Everton struggle

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Rafael Benitez openning up on his struggle at Everton; pointing that ties with Liverpool caused it.

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has stated that the tie he had with the Reds made him struggle at Everton when he was appointed.

Benitez, who spent 6 years with Liverpool and winning the Champions League for them during his spell at Anfield moved to Everton in 2021.

The Merseyside Red fans frowned as at his appointment as some went as far as placing a banner at his house saying “We know where you live. Don’t sign”.

Following nine defeats in 13 games with Everton Benitez was sacked in January, he opened up on the difficulties making things work – telling Football Daily he couldn’t make the changes he wanted due to potential accusations he was changing things too quickly.

He said: “I thought we could improve everything… in terms of staff, departments, squad, things like that. I thought we could help to improve things. It was a nice time in terms of experience and a shame at the same time.

“You have to analyse the context. When they came with the offer, I knew (fans) would say ‘you were at Liverpool’ and it would be a problem. I have a lot of friends that are Blues, they knew I would give everything and try to do my best to improve things.

“I knew it could be difficult but because I was Red, maybe I couldn’t make some decisions that were very clear for us at the beginning.”

Benitez started off well at Everton, going on a four-game unbeaten streak and was nominated for Premier League Manager of the Month, but when results started to turn, fans expressed their displeasure, chanting and holding up banners against the manager.

Benitez added: “I had a meeting with a department head, I said ‘do you think everything is fine?’, he said ‘yes, everything is perfect’. £600million spent cannot be perfect, when the fans and owners are not happy it cannot be perfect.

“I realised we had to change things inside but I couldn’t do it straight away because I was Red and could be seen like ‘oh, he’s coming to change our club’. That is the only thing. At another club I would make these decisions and I did it in the past because it is very clear that is the way to improve, but at Everton I couldn’t do it.”

 

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