On this day in 1960 former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was born.
On joining Liverpool as manager from Valencia in 2004, Rafael Benitez became the first ever manager to coach a Premier League team. His first season at Anfield saw Benitez sign compatriots Luis Garcia and Xabi Alonso, valuable additions to the squad that would play a crucial role in the Champions League win in the 2004/05 campaign. Rafa’s second season at Liverpool would yield his second major trophy in the form of the FA Cup, beating West Ham United to the coveted domestic cup in Cardiff.
Throughout his tenure at Anfield Rafa build a world class squad at Liverpool, signing the likes of Pepe Reina, Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio, Javier Mascherano, Dirk Kuyt and Fernando Torres. Sadly, despite finishing as Champions League runners-up in 2007 and Premier League runners-up in 2009, Benitez was unable to win any more silverware at Liverpool, seeing the Spanish boss depart in 2010. Following his departure from Liverpool Rafa went on to manage a number of clubs including Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid, although he currently coaches Newcastle United.