Former Valencia CF coach Rafael Benítez has been named as the new manager of four-time European champions Liverpool FC.
The 44-year-old, who has signed a five-year contrac t with Liverpool, enjoyed a hugely successful season at the Mestalla, guiding Valencia to the Primera División title and the UEFA Cup but then resigned from the post he had held since July 2001. He also won the league with Valencia in 2001/02 and previously enjoyed successful spells with CD Tenerife and CF Extramadura, leading both clubs into the Primera División.
There had been speculation that Benítez would replace Gérard Houllier since the Frenchman left the club last month. Liverpool finished fourth in the Premiership last season and will enter the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League in the third qualifying round.
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