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Benitez aware of financial differences by lfctalk
February 17, 2009, 10:13
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Rafael Benitez has spoken out about the financial difference between Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea and said that his side are overachieving given this lack of parity.

“Every year United collect £60 million more than us – that means they can buy three £20 million players each season,” he told The Mirror.

“Chelsea will have spent £500 million over the last five years.”

“We’ve made a team that can compete with them but economically we’re inferiors and can’t afford the players they can. I have enough data to bore you with but if you look at United it wasn’t just spending £31m on Dimitar Berbatov – they can spend whatever it takes for what they need every year.”

“Last year it was £17m on Owen Hargreaves, £18m on Nani and £20m on Anderson. In my five years I’ve paid less in transfer fees than I’ve received, even though I bought Fernando Torres and Robbie Keane.”

Benitez has stated his desire to always take positives from matches regardless of result and has also said that his side are doing their best to cope with the pressure coming from the fans desperate to see a nineteenth title arrive at Anfield.

“Now we’re out of the FA Cup it’s necessary to look for the positives and those are that we will play fewer games and be able to concentrate more on the Premier League and the Champions League,” he said.

“The title in England is very competitive, moreso than in Spain, because every opponent you face will make it hard for you.”

“Our biggest problem is in the great expectations of the success that surrounds us. All we ever hear from the fans is ‘The League the League, it’s 19 years since we had it’. Since I’ve been at the club we’ve won four trophies.”

“I feel we’re where we need to be but the problem for us now is the anxiety around us – we must handle it and that’s not easy.”

The Spaniard finished by saying his outburst against Alex Ferguson was necessary and overdue.

“Ferguson controls everything in this country,” he added.

“These are the facts as everyone knows. When he decided to talk about Liverpool I knew I had to respond to him.”

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