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The Legendary Tommy Smith Agrees With Me, So the Rest of You Are Wrong

tommyThe man, the myth, the legend, someone who's actually won trophies has struck out at Benitez with harsh criticism. I took some flack yesterday when I said that Rafa had not put a serious team out against Barnsley. Here's one person who happens to agree with that.

In the programme for yesterday's game Benitez said cup competitions are always dangerous if you think you can beat teams easily. So why on earth didn't he put a strong team out against Barnsley?

At the end of the day Bill Shankly used to tell us you're only as good as your last result. How on earth does Benitez think he's going to win stuff if he puts a second-class team out?

Because Liverpool's squad is not as strong as I think he thought at the beginning of the season. I don't think he's even got a strong first XI. How could he leave (Jose) Reina, (Steven) Gerrard and (Javier) Mascherano out?

The first person you put on the team-sheet is Gerrard. How on earth could he sit on the bench for 75 minutes and watch that...then he (Benitez) talks about chances. Well, they've gone. You can't score after the game finishes.

You're only as good as your last result. Remember that next time when any of you start to say what great players we have. They're only great if they play great, otherwise, they're just names on a roster. I agree that we have talent, but after seeing the last match, it's painfully obvious that they're being terribly mismanaged.

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