Friday, February 6, 2009

Alonso - Rafa will win war

Liverpool star Xabi Alonso has backed Rafa Benitez to come through the 'tug of war' at the club.

Benitez is yet to sign a new contract at Anfield as the behind-the-scenes battle for control at the club rumbles on.

The Spaniard wants a more hands-on approach when it comes to transfer dealings and the running of the club in general, but thus far the club's American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks - who themselves remain at loggerheads - are yet to agree to Benitez's demands.

But Alonso is fully confident that Benitez will be given the deal he wants to stay.

"The owners and Rafa seem to be involved in a tug of war," Alonso told The Sun.

"Even if they are trying to resolve it for the better of the club, there is no question in my mind when you have the right man for the job, securing his continuity is important.

"We've been through our bad moments but constant change, or change for the sake of it, isn't a good thing at a club like this.

"It's a subject between Rafa and the owners and the team must not let it affect us at any cost, but my personal bet is Rafa will stay with Liverpool.

"When he came here, Liverpool had a massive history but they had lost competitiveness compared to the other European greats - and had spent a long time without winning major trophies.

"From his arrival to now, you can feel the progress and that he's put Liverpool back where they once were - amongst Europe's greats and aspiring to win everything we enter."

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