Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan has claimed that manager Rafa Benitez’s “negative vibes” leave the Merseyside club trailing behind Premier League rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Reds are due to face Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side in the top of the table Premiership clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday unbeaten in all competitions this season, but Whelan has insisted that the Reds manager’s negativity don’t help Liverpool.
Whelan said: “The manager’s negative vibes don’t help Liverpool, especially in the second half [against Atletico on Wednesday]. We’ve sat here many times and we’re looking for the [Liverpool] full back to get forward. If it was Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal the full back would have been flying down the wing.
“But Liverpool’s full backs are not allowed go forward, and it was killing them in the second half because so many times there was open space but they wouldn’t do it because they’re not allowed get forward.”
Midfielder Whelan spent 15 years at Anfield between 1979-1994, winning 6 League titles, 3 League Cups, 2 FA Cups and a European Cup during his time with Liverpool.