Liverpool taking decisive action is looking good - unless Spurs take Benitez

Rafa Benitez Tour

Liverpool acted quickly in sacking Kenny Dalglish, giving them the first option over the top managerial candidates.

With Spurs sacking Harry Redknapp, it is no surprise to see many of the same names cropping up as potential replacements - with the exception of David Moyes for obvious reasons.

Roberto Martinez, Andre Villas-Boas, and even Rafa Benitez have been mentioned. Only one of these would inspire jealousy among Liverpool fans, and we don't have to underline who.

It is hard to believe that new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would not have been linked with a move to White Hart Lane too had he still been at Swansea, of course he would.

Whether Tottenham would have appealed to him in the same way Liverpool, we will never know, but right now FSG are looking smart for acting early compared to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Rodgers would have appealed to Spurs fans, indeed on a poll on this website supporters said they felt they had missed the boat.

Liverpool are viewed to have on board one of the most progressive managers in English football, who is highly rated and adept at getting his sides to play attractive passing football.

FSG's early actions were also good because they had the chance to assess all the other candidates ahead of Tottenham.

So passing on Villas-Boas and co. was their choice, they had the freedom to do it. Fans appear to be happy with FSG's choice, but the proof of course will be in next season's results.

Acting early also gives Liverpool a headstart on their transfer business. Right now Rodgers is busy scouting and assessing targets, and Tottenham's deals are up in the air.

Any moves they were close to - Jan Vertonghen for example - have been put on hold, and the longer Spurs wait to appoint a successor to Redknapp, the further behind their summer plans fall.

Liverpool fans can largely feel positive that their board acted so decisively, but if Tottenham pull a rabbit out of the hat and appoint Rafa Benitez, it will be the London club who are the big winners. Rafa may not be everybody's cup of tea, but his record is hard to argue with.

Even his worst season at Liverpool was better than Dalglish's efforts this season, and the majority of his time there was a success. He knows how to acheive in Europe, which is the stage on which Spurs fans crave success the most.

There is no debating that Redknapp to Benitez would be a step up by Tottenham, one which could take them to the next level. The odds on it happening are as little as 7/1 with bookies.

If it happened, Liverpool fans outlook will be sure to change, a tinge of regret that the man admired still by such large sections of their support will be elsewhere, and however happy they feel with the forward thinking Rodgers, there is likely to be a nagging 'what if' in their minds.

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