Rafa Benitez has claimed to have ‘inside information’ regarding Jurgen Klopp’s decision to step down as Liverpool manager come the end of the season.
Jurgen Klopp shocked the footballing world on Friday morning when he announced that he would be leaving Anfield at the end of 2023/24.
The decision would have no doubt devasted Liverpool fans as the German is amongst the best managers in the world.
Under his leadership, the club have won almost every trophy imaginable including the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and more.
However, he has seen it fit to call time on a wonderful period at the club that saw him breathe life into a fallen giant.
The German cited fatigue as the main factor behind his decision, saying that he is ‘running out of energy.’
Now Rafa Benitez has hinted that there may be more to the story that initially meets the eye.
What was said on Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool?
Benitez was Liverpool’s coach from 2004 to 2010 and is well-remembered by the club’s supporters for winning the FA Cup and Champions League.
Now managing La Liga side Celta Vigo, the Spaniard has hinted that perhaps there is more going on behind the scenes:
“I have an advantage, which is that I have people in Liverpool and also people at the club, so more or less, I know how it has happened,” he told reporters via GOAL.
“I only have positive words about Klopp, because he is my friend and I have a good relationship with him.”
“He [Klopp] has done and is doing an enormous job.”
“Everything I can say about Klopp and Liverpool is positive.”
“I know something else from inside, and it has more merit than being there.”
“He goes and speaks up, giving the club time to reorganise, which, from another perspective, is also very German, because they do notify in advance, so it is not a shock.”
“Let’s hope Liverpool will do well for now and when another coach comes too. I hope the best for the club.”
Cryptic clue given by Rafa Benitez
It was quite a cryptic clue given by the ex-Reds boss: “I know something else from inside, and it has more merit than being there.”
With English not being his first language, can assume that Benitez meant that what he knows is important, and that it should not be inside the club but rather made public.
Whilst we feel it is not the time to be speculating as to what Benitez truly meant by his words, it is certainly food for thought.