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Ex-Liverpool captain Whelan in extraordinary attack on Benitez priorities

Former Liverpool captain Ronnie Whelan has launched an extraordinary attack on manager Rafa Benitez.

The Irishman has accused Benitez of focusing on Europe - so to look good for interested clubs on the continent.

Whelan, 48, who won 12 major trophies in a glory-filled career, said: "It's all gone wrong with the manager and he's shown exactly where his priorities lie.

"He wants to win the European Cup so he can get a job in Europe. For me, his days have got to be numbered at Liverpool.

"Why after such a great result against Manchester United, do you want to take a huge step backwards after losing to Arsenal in the Carling Cup as well? I don't see where he's coming from."

Whelan, speaking on Ireland's RTE Television, added: "He's taken players off who are the only players who are going to give you a chance of winning the game.

"And he drags them all off because he's got a game on Wednesday.

"When I saw the team I thought he's not bothered about this game. He's putting all his eggs in one basket and I can't see why he's done it."

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