“That night in Istanbul!” the perennial go-to chant for every Liverpool fan, was made possible by one manager. The best days that Kopites have seen in this century have come under the management of Rafa Benitez.
The days when Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard used to line up with Fernando Torres ahead and the likes of Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher behind, Benitez gave the Reds some days to remember.
After the Spaniard left the club in 2010, four managers have tried to lead Anfield back to its glory days. However, apart from one second-place finish under Brendan Rodgers and one European Cup final with Jurgen Klopp, none of them have come even close to replicating the success that Benitez enjoyed with Liverpool.
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Despite that, the managers have made some signings that have benefited the club and a select few of them might even go down in Liverpool folklore.
Here, we look at the top 5 signings that Liverpool have made post-Benitez; some gems from amongst high profile flops and slightly above average players that will be remembered at Anfield for some time to come.
#5 Jordan Henderson
The least talented player on this list and yet probably the most hard-working, Henderson was one of the early signings that Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish made, the Englishman arriving in Merseyside from the Stadium of Light in a £20 million deal, which saw the £7M rated striker David N’Gog move to Sunderland, with the rest being paid in cash.
Henderson’s initial season with the club was torrid, with new manager Brendan Rodgers telling the midfielder that he would be allowed to move to Fulham - a deal which “Hendo” rejected, choosing to fight for his place. The rest, though not exactly history, is pretty well known.
Starting and finishing the 12-13 season strongly, Henderson really established himself in the 13-14 season where he was an integral part of the title challenging squad. In fact, the ex-Sunderland man played 35 straight games in the league till he was sent off against Manchester City - his presence was sorely missed in the infamous Chelsea match later on.
Henderson took over Liverpool’s captaincy from their most inspirational captain Steven Gerrard three years after he was told he could leave the club. From being labelled as a headless chicken to being the captain of this famous old club, the story of Jordan Henderson is amazing and therefore he warrants himself a place in this list - a classic tale of a man punching above his weight and succeeding due to sheer hard work and dedication.
You may yet doubt his ability, but no one can take away from him that armband that has been held by true legends of the game in the past.