Thursday, 14 January 2016

Rafa Benitez returns to Anfield to watch Liverpool draw with Arsenal after being sacked as Real Madrid manager

Rafa Benitez was back at Anfield on Wednesday to watch former club Liverpool draw 3-3 against Arsenal in a gripping Premier League encounter.
Benitez was dismissed as Real Madrid manager last week, with Zinedine Zidane taking over at least until the end of the season.

The Spaniard still has a home in Merseyside and was back in Liverpool to take some time to reflect after his seven-month tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Benitez was Liverpool manager from 2004 until 2010, winning the Champions League and the FA Cup in his time at Anfield.
He would have undoubtedly enjoyed the evening's football on show at his former club - and probably left with thoughts of his own as to how Liverpool could have won the game.

Liverpool took the lead through Roberto Firmino in the 10th minute, before Aaron Ramsey equalised with a low shot four minutes later.
Firmino restored Liverpool's lead on 19 with stunning swerving strike from 25 yards.

But Olivier Giroud converted from a corner - a goal which will not make pleasant viewing for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet - and the Frenchman then scored an exquisite second on the 55th minute.
Arsenal seemed set to hold on for all three points, but Joe Allen reacted quickest to Christian Benteke's knock down to salvage a draw for Jurgen Klopp's team in the last minute.

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