Rafa: Ferguson fears us

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has resumed the war of words between himself and Manchester Utd boss Alex Ferguson, claiming his counterpart is scared of the Reds’ threat on Utd’s title prospects.

United currently lead the Premier League by one point with a game in hand, but have suffered questionable form of late whilst Benitez’s men have surged to emphatic and impressive victories of late.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash at Anfield against Chelsea, Benitez told press, “It is not mind games, I think it maybe is that he is a little bit scared of us.

“Sir Alex will be supporting Liverpool in this tie because he knows we are the bigger threat now.

“If we continue in the Champions League maybe he will think we are tired. If we are not in this competition then he knows that we will be a (bigger) threat in the Premier League.

“If Chelsea are not in the competition, then he knows they will then be a threat also in the league. But he will lose anyway, whoever goes out, because they will still be a big threat to United.

“You have to prepare well for every single Premier League game, it is tough to be in the Champions League as well. So he will clearly be supporting us tomorrow and next week.

“I would like to be worried about both competitions, it means we will continue to be successful.”

The Premier League resumes on Saturday, with Liverpool at home to Blackburn at 12.45pm and United away at Sunderland at 3pm.