Graeme Souness attacks Rafa Benitez's 'plod, plod, plod' Liverpool team after Lyon defeat
Published 23:29 20/10/09 By By Mike Allen
Graeme Souness launched a scathing attack on Rafa Benitez and his "plod, plod, plod" side last night.
The former Liverpool captain and manager accused the current boss of failing to build a team over his five years in charge.
He said: "It's no good turning round and saying there wasn't enough money in the summer. What about the previous years?
"If you have been there for five years you have had the chance to build your own club. It's no good pointing to being without your best two players."
And Souness told Sky Sports: "Out of the big clubs Liverpool is the best at home at a time like this. The supporters are understanding. They give you a chance far more than any other club in this country.
“They are a footballing crowd, but without their top two men the team looked a very ordinary side.
"There was no spark. It just wasn't there. It was plod, plod, plod. Without Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres there was no imagination."
Souness added: "You want your strongest team whenever you are playing a big game but he 's not had his strongest team tonight.
"The criticism aimed at Rafa would be that he had signed 67 players and if you are missing two or three you don't look anything like a team that can win big games in the Champions League or the other Premier League contenders."