Sir Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool fans will always accept Rafa Benitez – enough though he is now the manager of Everton.
The Blues confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the Spaniard had agreed a three-year deal to become the club’s new manager.
Benitez replaces Carlo Ancelotti, who left Goodison Park at the start of last month to return to Real Madrid.
The 61-year-old arrives at Goodison with a wealth of experience having managed in Spain, Italy, England and China in the past.
However, his appointment is arguably the most-controversial in Merseyside football history due to his history with Liverpool.
Benitez managed the Anfield club between 2004-10 and helped guide them to Champions League and FA Cup glory, and a second-place Premier League finish.
And Dalglish believes because of his Champions League success back in 2005, Benitez will always be an iconic figure at the Anfield club no matter what.
“It was going to take something special to take the headlines away from England’s bid to reach the semi-finals of the Euros,” he wrote in his Sunday Post column.
“They maybe didn’t quite manage it, of course, but Everton’s decision to appoint Rafa Benitez as their new manager gave it a fair go.
“People are entitled to an opinion, and there has been plenty said and written about it.
“From the Red side and the Blue side of the city, some can’t believe that a former Liverpool boss has decided to make the switch to Goodison.
“My view is that what he achieved as Liverpool manager, such as the Champions League success in 2005, means he will always be an iconic figure at the club.”
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Before the Liverpool great continued: “ Rafa will always be appreciated and accepted.
“He has a fine CV, and has managed other top clubs such as Inter Milan, Napoli, Chelsea and Newcastle United.
“It’s his decision to now accept the challenge at Everton.”