It is just over two years to the day since Rafa Benitez made arguably his most infamous public outburst as Liverpool manager. The Spaniard’s ‘Facts’ rant against Sir Alex Ferguson has taken its place among the great managerial diatribes.
Liverpool fans loved him for sticking it to Fergie, everyone else thought he was cracking under strain.
It is interesting then that new Reds caretaker boss Kenny Dalglish has marked the anniversary of Rafa’s rant by declaring that he too wants to talk about facts. Benitez wanted to talk about facts rather than impressions, whereas Dalglish has had enough of romance.
He said: “We have to manage expectations. At the moment it is a wee bit romantic, isn’t it?
“The romance is brilliant, for me to be back, and for some of the supporters as well. But this game is not built on romance, it’s built on hard facts. The hard facts of the matter is that we have to start winning games. Once we get the romantics out of the road, we can get to work. This club has never been about the individual, it’s about the collective.”
Easier said than done, Kenny. Especially on a temporary basis. You’ll struggle to rip down all the romantic banners at Anfield before the end of the season, let alone shift the romantics themselves!
We suspect Dalglish is mainly referring to romanticism about his own return but we think he could afford to make his statement a bit more sweeping, and manage expectations at the club in general. Perhaps it takes a club legend to break it gently.
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