Former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Rafa Benitez has revealed that he would love to manage Liverpool again one day, and that last summer people were talking about spending £70million on Fernando Torres.
Benitez, in an interview with BBCs Football Focus, was surprised to see Torres go, especially given, “I think last year we were talking about £70m,”
Torres eventually moved to Chelsea on the last day of the January transfer window, only 6 months after Chelsea reportedly made a summer bid for the player before the World Cup.
Torres went on to play at, and win the World Cup, but has looked a shadow of his former self this season.
“People were talking about maybe you receive an offer from another club. They were talking about £70m,” added Benitez.
“He was not playing at the same level the last time, but he is still a very good player. It is big money but could [have been] even better.”
Rafa was sacked by Inter Milan after just 6 months inside, having taken over from Jose Mourinho, who had just won the league, cup and Champions League treble for the Italian side.
Benitez is himself no stranger to winning major trophies, having added to his success in Spain, a Champions League in his first season at Liverpool and the FA Cup in 2006.
It was Rafa who signed Torres for Liverpool, after the Spanish striker left Athletico Madrid for £20million in 2007.
After Benitez successor at Anfield, Roy Hogdson only lasted six months at the club, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has taken over and the club have backed him in the transfer market, signing both Carroll (£35m) and Suarez (£22m) in the past week.
But Benitez, 50, said: “To be manager of Liverpool is a dream for me. This time, I know that Kenny is doing really well.
“I have to wait and keep watching games, but if you say to me in the future would you like to be manager, for sure, no doubt about this. When, that is the question. I have to move forward, anyway.”