Has Benitez just blown Liverpool's chances of winning the title?

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has today admitted he has taken a risk by letting Robbie Keane join Tottenham. The Spaniard agreed to let Keane re-join Spurs just hours before the transfer window shut yesterday, which prevented him from replacing the Republic of Ireland international and in my opinion, it will cost him big time.

"It is a risk but the situation was not good and we needed to do something." claimed Benitez.

Keane's departure leaves Liverpool with just four attacking options. Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel and David N'Gog. Now if you look at that, if Torres or Kuyt were to get injured in the coming weeks, Liverpool would really struggle for goals.

Between the four of them, they have bagged just 19 goals this season (in all competitions) with Torres and Kuyt scoring 15 of those. While Keane might not have been doing so great at Liverpool, I don't think Benitez was right to let him go given the fact he didn't even have another frontman lined up to arrive at Anfield.

With the Reds currently sitting two points behind Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table (with United also having a game in hand) it was already a hard enough task for Benitez to try and push for the title. But now that he has sold one of his star strikers I feel any chance Liverpool had of winning the title have all but gone and I wouldn't be surprised if they ended up finishing behind Chelsea in third.

What do you think? Was Benitez right to let go of Keane even though he hadn't a replacement lined up? Leave your comments below.



  1. Anonymous said,

    of course he was right to sell. Even when Torres was injured Robbie didnt figure in his plans and when he did he missed open goals.

    We have survived without Keane so far this season so wont notice any difference.


    on 10:42 p.m.  

  2. Anonymous said,

    what a load of rubbish rafa knew before he went on his mad rant that liverpool were not strong enough to mount a serious title challage over the full course of a prem season. The idiot has spent millions of pounds at liverpool well over 150 million in 5years and what has liverpool got no strenth and depth in the squad.Now for anyone to say in rafa we trust you must really have to ask yourself what has rafa ever done with liverpool expect come off with excuse after excuse blaming everyone else for what goes wrong at the club.Now rafa publicly stated that when robbie signed for liverpool that it was the last piece of the puzzle and then he wouldnt play him.I for one am sick to the back teeth of him blaming everbody else on his mistakes.His tactics are terrible and compleatly mad at times.and i have to ask what player has ever signed for a new club and hit it off stright away.Also with the way he treated robbie a 20 million pound player remember who in thier right mind would want to sign for liverpool while this fool is in charge.

    on 11:02 p.m.  

  3. Anonymous said,

    No, Rafa hasn't blown our chances of winning the title. Since Robbie wasn't producing the goods on the pitch I don't really see why it should be a major problem. The constant media obsession with him was crazy aswell. No-one, including Riera, complains about him being substituted in most games. It is a fact of life that footballers have to get used to. No-one makes a fuss when Hyypia is sometimes left out of the squad and he would have far more cause for complaint as he always plays well when called on. If Robbie had played well enough he wouldn't have been substituted. Rafa wouldn't have sold him if he didn't think we had enough cover.

    P.S. A rant is something unpremeditated, not something read from a prepared list with attempts at humour.

    on 12:26 a.m.  

  4. Anonymous said,

    yes he has blew it and he did go on a rant even the players admitted it. Listen if you were a top class international player watching the way robbie was treated would you want to sign for the club cause i certainly would not while rafa is in charge.And another thing liverpools best player this year apart from stevie g of course has been another player who rafa tried to sell to the highest bidder in the summer and that was alonso who in my opanion is one of the best midfielders in europe.You also say about big sammi at the back sure think back to the start of the season this is another player he wanted out.Now robbie has left the club ask yourself who is gonna cover the forward line in the important months ahead as you cant rely on stevie g all the time or kuyt.He has made to many bad signings costing awfal lot of money and he has the cheek to state that he never has enough money to buy quality players.Plus he openly brings boardroom things into the public eye which never ever happened before at anfield.The guy im sorry to say is not up to the job.Theres only one man out there at the minute who could turn liverpool into serious title contenders and thats jose.

    on 1:26 a.m.