Benitez can blast past Fergie and Wenger

RAFA BENITEZ can eclipse Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and even the great Bob Paisley if he claims his 50th Reds league win on Saturday.

Benitez has won 50 of 93 Premiership games since taking charge at Anfield.

It took Wenger 94 matches to reach the half century at Arsenal, and Ferguson needed 116 league games to get to 50 after joining United in 1986.

At Anfield, only Bill Shankly, who reached 50 wins in 90 games, and Kenny Dalglish, whose double winners needed just 85 between 1986-88, have achieved the feat in 90 matches or less since 1959.

Even Shankly's were all achieved in the old second division.

Paisley won his 50th league game in his 95th top flight match in charge.

In more recent times, it took both Gerard Houllier and Roy Evans 102 Premiership games to reach 50 wins.

The Spaniard would move level with Bill Shankly if he records his 56th victory in his first 100 league games, a success rate bettered only by Kenny Dalglish with 61, yet, not for the first time, he must emerge from Mourinho's considerable shadow to do so. The Chelsea manager has gleaned an astonishing 73 wins in his 99 Premiership matches since assuming the reins in 2004, five of which have come in the quintet of league fixtures between these sides.

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