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HATCHET MAN: Here's Benitez's biggest test - proving us wrong over his record in the transfer market
Published : 28 Apr 2009 14:28:00
After his bruising battle with Sir Alex Ferguson, Rafa Benitez faces the biggest challenge of his managerial career. He may think guiding Liverpool into second place in the Premier League or turning around their 2005 Champions League final at half-time have been his toughest tests. Problems: Rafa Benitez has struggled in the transfer market But if the manager gets his transfers wrong this summer he will be surely always be Anfield's nearly man. More from Hatchet Man... HATCHET MAN: Forget Messi v Bosingwa, it is Gibbs who is being thrown to the lions28/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Eto'o to quit Barca for Man City? We're back in fantasy land28/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Zokora becomes the latest paid-up member of the Tottenham whine society28/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Harry must scrap Cisse swoop as Tottenham boss draws up his summer hitlist27/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Expect the worst as Chelsea deploy Bosingwa to shackle Messi27/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Rooney's rejection is a joke, especially when Anelka nicks his PFA place27/04/09 HATCHET MAN: Villa boss O'Neill misses the target with his friendly fire27/04/09 HATCHET MAN: When Clegg met Keano: I can Truly Seymour Foggy times ahead when the summer whine starts at Portman Road24/04/09 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE Benitez claims he will have to wheel and deal to increase a £25 million spending budget and that is not something he is very good at. The number of poor and overpriced signings the Spaniard has made for Liverpool are too numerous to mention and that is why his squad have failed him at key times. Liverpool need more depth to win the League and if Benitez gets his player trading wrong again after fighting so hard for more influence over transfers this key element of management will have become his fatal flaw.