Rafa Benitez achievements with Liverpool F.C. since 2004

August 2004 – January 2010


  • Liverpool became the 1st British club to ‘keep’ the European Cup following a 5th Final success.


  • Became only the 3rd team, and the 1st British side, to win the European Super Cup 3 times.

  • Steven Gerrard became the 1st Liverpool player in history to score in 5 successive European matches.

  • Kept clean sheets in each of their opening 4 league games for the 1st time in the club’s history.

  • Liverpool set a new club record of 11 consecutive clean sheets (Oct-Dec 2005).

  • Went 762 minutes without conceding a league goal (a post-war club record).

  • Won 10 league games in a row for the 1st time in 15 years.

  • At Luton Liverpool scored 5 goals in an away F.A. Cup tie for the 1st time in 59 years.

  • Liverpool beat Manchester United for the 1st time in the F.A. Cup for 85 years.

  • Recorded their biggest ever away win in the F.A. Cup (7-0 at Birmingham) and the biggest by any team away from home in the Quarter-Finals for 106 years.

  • Conceded only 8 league goals at home – their 3rd best total ever.

  • Set a club record of 12 successive wins in all competitions (it was extended to 14 at the start of the following season).

  • By lifting the F.A. Cup became the 1st manager in the club’s history to win a trophy in each of his first 2 seasons in charge.

  • Set a club record of 21 goals scored by substitutes in a season – previous record was 12.

  • Achieved the 6th-highest accumulation of available league points in the club’s history, and at the time, the 2nd-highest ever number of wins (as a % of games played)


  • Recorded his 50th league win in just 93 games – a record bettered by only 2 Liverpool managers of the previous 57 years, Dalglish and Shankly.

  • Went unbeaten in 30 successive home league games for only the 4th time in their history.

  • Scored 4 goals in the 1st half of an away league game (at Wigan) for the 1st time in 15 years.

  • Pepe Reina kept more clean sheets in his first 50 league games (28) than any other goalkeeper in the club’s history.
  • Conceded only 7 league goals at home – best total for 28 years.
  • Only second English side to win in Nou Camp (previous one was Liverpool in 1976).

  • Reached second Champions League final in three seasons.


  • Beat Besiktas 8-0 to record the biggest ever Champions League victory.

  • Scored 4 goals in a game on 8 occasions before Christmas for only the 3rd time in club’s history.

  • Steven Gerrard scored his 23rd European goal – to break the club record.

  • Pepe Reina kept his 50th league clean sheet in his 92nd appearance – breaking club record of 95 held by Ray Clemence.

  • Steven Gerrard became the 1st Liverpool player ever to score in 5 successive European games in the same season.

  • Fernando Torres became the 1st Liverpool player in 62 years to score a hat-trick in successive home league games.

  • Rafa Benitez won 81 of his first 150 league games in charge. Only Kenny Dalglish (87) won more as Liverpool manager.

  • Liverpool had 6 players who scored 10 goals or more in a season. Only the 3rd time this had happened in the club’s history.

  • Fernando Torres equalled the club record by scoring in an 8th successive home league game (all divisions).

  • Fernando Torres scored 24 league goals – most by any Liverpool player in a debut season for 61 years.

  • Fernando Torres broke Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of most goals in a debut Premier league season by an overseas player.

  • Pepe Reina won the Golden Glove for the 3rd successive season.

  • Liverpool scored 119 goals in the season – more than any team in England.


  • Liverpool won 9 successive home league games for the 1st time since November 1990.

  • Ended Chelsea’s 84-game unbeaten home record.

  • Became only the 2nd English team to win in the Bernabeu.

  • At Anfield inflicted upon Real Madrid their biggest ever Champions League defeat.

  • Recorded their biggest win at Old Trafford for 72 years. It was also the 1st time 4 Liverpool players had scored at United in the same game.

  • Broke Bill Shankly’s record of 65 European matches as Liverpool manager.

  • Broke Bob Paisley’s record of 40 European wins as Liverpool manager.

  • Recorded his 100th league win as manager in his 181st game. It was the 3rd quickest ever by a Liverpool manager and 50 games faster than Alex Ferguson.

  • Equalled club record set in 1904-05 by winning 13 away league games.

  • Amassed their highest points total ever in the Premier League (86) beating the 82 set in 2005-06. Their highest in the league since 1987-88.

  • Scored at least 3 goals in 6 successive games in all competitions for the 1st time in the club’s history.

  • Finished the campaign with a goal difference of + 50 – their best for 21 years when they amassed + 63 in 1987-88.

  • Lost just twice in the league – equalling the fewest they had lost in a league campaign for 105 years.

  • Pepe Reina kept his 100th clean sheet in the fastest time in Liverpool history (197 games).

  • Won 75% of all available league points – 2nd highest in the club’s history.

  • The highest number of points by any team which failed to win the league (38 game seasons)


  • Went unbeaten in 31 home league games – their 3rd longest ever run and best for 32 years.

  • Against Manchester United recorded his 114th league win in his 200th game. The 2nd best tally by any Liverpool manager in first 200 league games (Kenny Dalglish 120 wins).

  • Liverpool won a 3rd successive league game at Everton for only 3rd time in club’s history.

  • Pepe Reina set a new club record of most clean sheets (79) in first 150 league games.

  • Liverpool scored 22 goals in opening 7 league games – best tally for 114 years in the history of the Club and 2nd best ever in the Premiership.

  • Broke club record by scoring in an 18th successive Premier League game at Anfield.

  • Fernando Torres broke the club record by scoring his 50th league goal for Liverpool in just his 72nd match.

Valencia, 2001-2004.

Records of 92 years of history:
  • First and second highest number of league points.
 Season PosPointsGDPWDLGFGA

  • Highest away score in 92 years of history:
                    Result: 1-6  (J.22) 2003/04 (01/02/2004)

  • Best away goal difference:
                    Goals:5  (J.22) 2003/04 (01/02/2004) Result: 1-6

  • Record of clean sheets away in First Division: twice
                   MATCHES: 4 
                     - From J.38 2002/03 (22/06/2003) to J.6 2003/04 d (05/10/2003)
                     - From J.14 2003/04 (03/12/2003) to J.20 2003/04 d (18/01/2004)

  • Cañizares two Zamoras (less goals conceded) best defensive record
 SeasonNameTeamGoals/matchGPJMinG p.pPen Pen Agai.
 2001/02Cañizares (P)Valencia0.84382732281815 4
 2003/04Cañizares (P)Valencia0.75682837333014 3

  • Best ratio of victories of First Division Coaches:
          1.Benítez: 53.50%
          2.Quique SF: 52.94%
          3.Emery: 52.21%
          4.Quincoces: 51.59%
          5.Mundo: 51.37%
          6.Hiddink: 50%

  • Best coach for away wins and 1st in points ratio
 Benitez Rafa5725191382505416062168 09/09/200116/05/2004

BENITEZ: 25 wins in 57 matches, 94 points y 43.85% won. Total 54.97% of points.

  • Most trophies by any coach in Valencia history:
          1.Rafael Benítez (3): 2 League titles y 1 UEFA Cup
          2.Jacinto Quincoces (3): 2 Copas del Rey y 1 Copa Eva Duarte
          3.Alfredo Di Stéfano (2): 1 League title y 1 Recopa de Europa

Extremadura, 1997-1999.

2nd Division 1997-98.:

  • Best position: 2nd: 1997-98
  • Highest number of league wins: 23
  • Least number of defeats: 9
  • Highest number of league points: 79
  • Least number of goals conceded: 10
  • Points won at home: 43
  • Matches won away: 11
  • Highest number of away goals: 29

First Division 1998-99:

  • Best position: 17th: 1998-99