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MSNBC Joe Scarborough Wants Rafa Benitez Sacked

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Count MSNBC TV host Joe Scarborough among the growing number of people who think Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez should be fired.

With Liverpool’s season seemingly getting worse each week, it was a bit of a surprise to see Scarborough, the host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, mention Benitez on his Twitter account. After after some research, I quickly learned that Scarborough is a soccer fan and supports Liverpool FC.

In his tweet on Saturday, Scarborough wrote “I am doing a Today Show at 7a and then will rush home to see Liverpool [play against Stoke City]. Thanks. (PS – Fire Rafa).” He also added to his Twitter feed, “It’s terrible at Liverpool. How did Rafa so effectively destroy the greatest club in English history?

Here’s what Scarborough said about Liverpool in his additional tweets:

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In addition to calling for Benitez to be fired, Lucas Leiva was another target for Scarborough’s ire. “Lucas is not good enough to play in the EPL, let alone on its greatest club,” “Words fail. So does Lucas,” and “How long does the Lucas experiment get in the way of rebuilding the greatest franchise ever? Does one game buy another two years?

While I agree with Scarborough that Benitez should get sacked and is destroying the legacy the greatest club in English football history, I disagree with his assertion that Leiva is terrible. The Brazilian didn’t have the greatest game against Stoke, but Leiva has been far better this season than last. Is he the best player for that position? No, but he’s the best they have at the current moment.

Lastly, here’s a clip of Joe Scarborough talking about Liverpool on-air from a previous season:


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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