Rafa Benitez is a sucker for a good banner

Posted by - March 20, 2009 - Liverpool

Giant flag convinces Spaniard to put pen to paper

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has revealed that a banner taken to games by a Liverpool fan convinced him that his future lay at Liverpool during his long-running contract dispute. Benitez eventually put his Juan Hancock on a new five-year deal yesterday. And he revealed a banner bearing the slogan ‘Siempre es posible’ [It’s always possible] had been a major factor.

He said: “The flag has a picture of me on it and the Spanish phrase, siempre es posible. It is flown at all our home games, and I even noticed it at the Bernabeu, when we played Real Madrid in the Champions League.

“It belongs to one of our supporters, and he carries it to every game. I actually met him at Melwood last week, and I had to laugh, because he was telling me I had to sign and saying, “I hope it is for 10 years, no, make that 20 years”. It was really funny, but it also showed the incredible passion of the Liverpool fans and the support they give their manager.”

And indeed you can see it flying in the Plaza Mayor in Madrid above, albeit the wind seems to have given Rafa some extra grotesque features!