Benitez in Hicks and Purslow rant

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Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has broken his silence to point the finger of blame for the club’s recent downfall at former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

The pair were finally ousted from the club on Friday, when New England Sports Ventures purchased the club for around £300million.

But the Reds’ on the pitch form continues to rot, with a dismal 2-0 defeat to Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday afternoon. It leaves them 19th in the Premier League with just 6 points from the opening 8 games.

And Benitez, who left Anfield for Inter Milan in the summer after a dogged season of form in which the Reds finished seventh, has spoken out about the Americans’ terrible tenure and the appointment of Managing Director Christian Purslow.

He said, “I prefer not to talk too much about Liverpool. We have a saying in Spanish, which is: `White liquid in a bottle has to be milk’.

“What does this mean? It means that after 86 points and finishing second in the league, what changed? The Americans, they chose a new managing director and everything changed. So, what changed? The managing director is involved in all the decisions: new lawyer, new chief of press, new manager, nine new players, new medical staff, new fitness coaches – they changed everything.”

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