Rafael Benitez manager of Liverpool has continued his war of words with Sir Alex Ferguson by insisting that the Manchester United boss stops talking about his side.
Benitez hit out at Ferguson on Friday, criticising the Scot’s conduct towards referees and insisting he regularly escapes punishment for his behaviour.
The Spaniard has now followed this up by stating that the United manager should stop talking about Liverpool.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said, “If Mr Ferguson would stop talking about Liverpool maybe it would be good. He is clearly nervous about Liverpool.”
The Spaniard insisted he had received a lot of his support following his press conference on Friday.
“I can tell you that a lot of people have sent a lot of messages – not to me but to my staff and a lot of people at the club – to say, ‘At least one person has said something everybody wanted to say,’” he explained.
“Maybe because in 20 years nobody could say these things and maybe a lot of people were thinking the same but didn’t want to say.”
Yet despite his current stance towards Ferguson, the Liverpool boss revealed he has plenty of respect for Sir Alex.
He said, “I have a lot of respect for him. He is a great manager but he was talking too much about Liverpool, so clearly he has to stop.
“My concern now is to prepare the team for the next game against Everton and that’s it. I always say we take things one game at a time – that is my philosophy and my idea.”