Date: 6th October 2009 at 10:45am
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Rafa Benitez have been moaning for quite a while now about how he’s got less money to spend than his rivals, especially United who are the main obstacles in the way of their ambition to finally win the league.

Well, George Gillett, Liverpool’s American co-owner strikes back now: he’s quoted as saying he blames Benitez for the team’s all too obvious shortcomings. Liverpool, of course, lost every game when they met any side of note this season which does not sit too well with the owners.

‘We have invested more money than our competitors, in keeping with the history of the club,’ he is quoted in the Guardian as telling a representative of the fans’ group Spirit of Shankly last week.

‘In the last 18 months, we have invested £128m on top of what has come in.

‘That means it should be getting better. Now if it’s not getting better, it’s not Gillett and Hicks; it’s the manager; it’s the scouting. You have to make sure you balance out your analysis. There was plenty of money, so if you have any complaints, take a look at the ins and outs.’

Facts, real facts, show that Benitez’s actual spend and net spend have been both greater than those of United but the mad Spaniard ignores these and bleats on about how horrible it is that he’s not able to waste even more money on players like Babel, Lucas and Riera. Now one of the owners tell him to quit moaning and try focusing on his job – just as they had said so before, in 2007 to be precise.

It’s unlikely that Benitez will listen to them as he’ll need to find excuses for his team’s poor performances and he does not have much of a fantasy so he’ll keep saying he does not have enough money to spend even though he’s spent extraordinary amounts since his appointment in 2004. It will be fun, I expect.