Rafael Benitez has refused to rule out the possibility of one day returning to manage Liverpool, as speculation over the future of Brendan Rodgers continues.
Rumours surfaced over the weekend that Fenway Sports Group were ‘assessing’ whether to stick with Rodgers after a disappointing start to the season, and concern over the summer signings brought in by the 41-year-old.
Some bookmakers have even gone as far as suggesting odds for Rodgers replacement, with former Reds boss Benitez the 6-1 favourite.
And the Spaniard has refused to rule out the possibility of one day returning to Anfield, whilst also telling his former side to forget about ‘the missed opportunity’ of last season following their slow start.
He told Sky Sports: “You have to have this experience and say ‘what can we do now?’. We cannot change what happened so we have to think ‘what can we do for the future? How can we be in the same position?’ So I think that’s the only thing.
“When we finished second I was really pleased because we had 86 points and it still was not enough and everyone went ‘oh you lost an opportunity’. So if you continue moaning about ‘oh we lost an opportunity’ you will not be ready for the future. So I think you have to concentrate on what you did well, what you did badly and then try to improve for the future, for the next one.”
On his future, Benitez said he is yet to open discussions on a new contract at Napoli, whilst hinting he could one day return to Liverpool where his family is still based.
He said: “I have one year left this year and the future you never know, but I am talking with the chairman, thinking about the future with Napoli and life and all the possibilities.
“Also my family is still here in England so we have to consider a lot of things. But the main thing for me is to concentrate on my job and do my best for the next game.
“Napoli is a team that is growing so we have to see how fast can we grow, how fast can we improve things. It’s a discussion that we have had in the past and we have in the future. I don’t know how many months we will be talking about that, but obviously we will be talking about that.
“I want to win and do well this season and see where we are at the end.
“I have had conversations this year for a new contract with Napoli. I am really pleased there and happy. The chairman is supporting me all the time but in football you never know.”