Benitez surprised at Anfield snub

Former Valencia and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez claims he was surprised at not being contacted regarding the summer vacancy at Anfield.

The job eventually went to Swansea City’s Brendan Rodgers but Benitez believes that, along with his former coaching staff, it was odd to not be considered for the role.

“It was strange. We know the club, the players, the academy, and we have even more experience now. The fans were positive about the idea so it was strange not to be approached,” he told the Irish Independent.

Benitez also refused to rule out international management but said he would prefer to be challenging for trophies and feels club football and the Champions League is where he wants to do that.

The 52-year-old lost his job with Liverpool two years ago after his team finished seventh and missed out on a Champions League place.

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