Which Liverpool side is better; Current team or 2005 champions league winning side?
Rafael Benitez is convinced the Liverpool side which faces Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final is better than the one he led to glory in 2005.
Benitez is still revered on the red half of Merseyside after guiding his team to a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over AC Milan at the end of a game in which his side had trailed 3-0 at half-time. That night, skipper Steven Gerrard inspired a remarkable fightback, but the Spaniard believes Jurgen Klopp’s men have more weapons at their disposal with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane among the ranks.
Benitez said; “If we talk about the money spent, my budget was £20m. The value of this team is so much higher.”We had Stevie, of course, also some players with experience and quality, (Xabi) Alonso and (Didi) Hamann. We had players who worked very hard, we had a good balance. “This team also has good balance but the three players up front can make a difference on their own. We had one player who maybe could make a difference on his own, and here they have three.”The team spirit, the intensity could be more or less the same because it’s the Liverpool way, but what they have today is more quality, especially up front. “Real Madrid has the experience and the quality to match them but Liverpool can do it. They have the intensity and the quality, the passion, the desire.”
Rafa had already tasted success by the time he arrived at Anfield in June 2004, winning two league titles and the UEFA Cup with Valencia, but adding the Champions League to his curriculum vitae catapulted him to a new level.
What side do you prefer, the one with Gerrard or the one with Mo Salah?