Why do you think Benitez is good for Liverpool?

It’s still only November and Liverpool’s season is pretty much over. We have blown our chances in the league, we are out of the Carling Cup and it will require a miracle to make it through to the next stage of the Champions League. In reality, all we are playing for is the FA Cup and the Europa League, and I’m far from confident about our prospects in either of those competitions, and we face a real fight to make the Champions League next year.
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I am a critic of Rafa Benitez’s reign as LFC manager and have been so for a few years now. Look at my previous posts if you think I'm just jumping on the bandwagon after a few bad results. Once upon a time, my opinions were those of a tiny minority of fans, but that minority has grown this season, as the club has gone on a terrible run of results, with only managing a draw against Birmingham through cheating the low point so far.
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Benitez does still enjoy the support of most fans, players and the LFC board. Instead of writing one of my anti-Benitez rants, I’d like to try and see the argument from the other side. So to all you Rafa fans;
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Why do you think Benitez is the right man for LFC?
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I can never see us winning the league under Benitez, which is the trophy we all want to win more than any other. Benitez’s priority is seemingly winning another Champions League at the expense of a league title. This is reflected in his selection and substitutions in matches before Champions League games, which often rest important players for European games, occasionally at the expense of a result in the league.
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I don’t blame Hicks and Gillett for all of the clubs problems. Yes, he hasn’t had unlimited funds to spend but he has been backed financially and he’s wasted money terribly. How he can justify 24.5m on Dossena, Babel and Lucas? How can he justify spending our entire summer budget on a right back we didn’t really need (though he is very good) and an injured midfielder, whilst completely ignoring the obvious deficiencies in attack, not even bringing a loan signing in?
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Benitez has been hailed as a master tactician but we have looked badly organised and completely devoid of ideas at times. It seems to be that plan A is to give the ball to Gerrard or Torres and hope they do something and plan B seems to be completely missing. At times Benitez looks like a rabbit in the headlights on the touchline, with no idea what to do differently.
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Why has he persisted with the zonal marking system, even though we have consistently shipped goals during his reign? We have conceded 12 goals from set pieces this season, more even than Portsmouth. Either we don’t have the personnel to deploy this system properly or he and his staff cannot coach it.
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Don’t you think we are far too negative? I don’t like the formation we play at home, two holding midfielders is excessive. It’s not as though it’s working either, we are conceding goals at an alarming rate this season. Benitez’s tendency to have one foot on the brake at all times cost us vital points last season. There were times when he just wouldn’t risk going for the win, even though it was there for the taking. By the time he finally realised the difference between winning and not losing it was too late to retake the lead we’d blown in the league.
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It seems to me that some of his decisions have been made simply due to his ego and stubbornness; his refusal to put a second striker on at home against Hull last season when the crowd was clamouring for one is an example. His refusal to change his tactics, persistence in playing under-performing or not good enough players in my opinion is just Benitez proving some kind of bizarre point.
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I don’t like the way he airs the clubs dirty laundry in public. Liverpool has always conducted their business behind closed doors, even in the Houllier years. He has got into pointless media slanging matches and has made himself, and the club, a figure of ridicule.
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Yes, Rafa was successful in Spain with Valencia. All Liverpool fans will always be grateful to him for bringing the Champions League trophy home but as someone pointed out to me recently, both trophies he has won (Champions League and FA Cup) were won on penalties, so we could easily have nothing to show for his reign. Also, if the Champions League success was down to Benitez getting the best out of a poor squad he inherited from Gerard Houllier, how do you explain the atrocious league season we had that year? We lost 14 games that season, which is an incredible amount.
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Most fans believe in Rafa Benitez, I don’t. I am however, open to reading just why most people believe in him. I might not agree, but I’m interested to read what Benitez fans have to say.