Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reds boss plays poor little rich boy

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez claims his team are over-achieving given the lack of resources available to them in comparison to title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.

Benitez's side are second in the league and trail the leaders United by two points, but the Spaniard believes there is a greater disparity in the finances of the two teams than is evident in the Premier League standings.

Citing the fact that he has recouped more in transfer fees than he has spent in his five years in charge of Liverpool, Benitez is just as aware of United's facts and figures.

"Every year, United collect £60 million more than us - and that means they can buy three £20 million players each season," said the Liverpool boss.

"Chelsea will have spent £500 million over the last five years.

"We've made a team that can compete with them but economically we're inferiors and can't afford the players they can.

"I have enough data to bore you with it. But if you look at United, it wasn't just spending £32 million on Dimitar Berbatov - they can spend whatever it takes for what they need every year. Last year it was £17 million on Owen Hargreaves, £18 million on Nani and £20 million on Anderson. Seven years ago they paid £30 million for Rio Ferdinand.

"In my five years, I've paid less in transfer fees than I've received, even though I spent £40 million on Fernando Torres and Robbie Keane. It's as simple as that."

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