Yup you're right, Rafa doesn't rate him at all and has stuck with the flukey dud for 3 and a half years. He's probably packing Riise's bag as we speak.
The facts are that he hasn't willingly stuck with him. He has several times tried to bring in replacements for him, has brought in a replacement for him and has played a right back in his place several times over the last year. Simple really.
Why would a topclass manager rate such a patently average player is the question I want answered? Seriously though? What can Benitez possibly see in him? Technical ability? Nope. Good tackler? Not really. Defensive awareness? Average at best.
This is the single most laughable line I have read in 5 years on this website.
Maybe. But you should be able to explain why he has sought so many left backs, at least one a transfer window.
You remind me of people last season about Garcia, "Benitez likes him he wont sell him". When it is very obvious that he is an expendable member of the squad, being used as a stop gap solution until a better player can be bought. The evidence is quite clear on this.
He was pushed off of left midfield when Kewell was half fit(Gonzalez, Babel, Benayoun were all bought to make sure we rarely had to rely on him there) and anytime Aurelio gets a half a game Riise is dropped from there aswell. Seems facts are on my side and sheer boring arrogance are on yours. Fair play.
As I said before. Benitez is not an idiot and the collective of Liverpool fans arent idiots. Riise is an average player squad player, like Garcia, who will be sacrificed for something better. Be that Mascherano, another left back or as one fantastical rumour said, David Villa.