Earlier this evening, Benitez - who is still trying to win over sceptical Chelsea fans - posted the following statement:
"I would like to wish all the best to Momo Sissoko, Dani Pacheco, Emiliano Insua and Philippe Coutinho, who have just changed clubs in the january transfer window and face new challenges in their careers as footballers.
"I wish you all the best of luck in their new professional environments: Momo at Fiorentina, Dani in Huesca, Emiliano at Atletico Madrid and Philippe at Liverpool".
Benitez signed all four of the aforementioned players for previous clubs: Sissoko, Pacheco and Insua for Liverpool, and Philippe Coutinho for Inter Milan (he arrived at the club when Benitez was in charge)
Benitez wasted a lot of money on dross over the years, but he also signed some fantastic players along the way, and although he left in 2010, his transfer legacy is still benefiting the club today.
Suso, Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey are great example of this: All three were signed by Benitez, and over the last year, the trio have forced their way into the first team, and could become regulars for years to come.
The same goes for Coutinho: Benitez oversaw the arrival of the Brazilian during his ill-fated spell at Inter Milan, and gave him his debut. Now, he's at Liverpool, and hopefully set to make a big impact at the club. After signing for Milan, Coutinho thanked the Spaniard for giving him a chance:
"I am grateful to Benitez. He was the first to give me a chance, he gave me confidence and space."
Liverpool Assistant manager Colin Pascoe confirmed this afternoon that Coutinho will not feature against Manchester City on Sunday. It's a shame as most fans are excited to see the Brazilian play, but there's no sense in rushing him into the team, especially with his (recent) injury history.
If Coutinho, Sterling, Suso and Shelvey become important players for Liverpool, then Reds fans will thanking Benitez for years to come (yes, even me!*)
* Subject to change ;-)
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