Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has hit back at criticism from his Anfield successor Roy Hodgson, saying the new Reds boss “is talking about things he doesn’t know”.
Hodgson launched an attack on Benitez’s spending during his six year spell at the club, saying there was a number of “expensive failures” signed.
Benitez used a Spanish colloquialism, “Some people cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar,” to tell Hodgson that he can’t see the real truth that is the cause of Liverpool’s current on-field problems.
“I think that Mr Hodgson, he doesn’t understand,” Benitez told his pre-match press conference ahead of Inter Milan’s visit to Tottenham in the Champions League tonight.
“Every single press conference is even worse than the last one. He’s talking about things that he doesn’t know. And some people cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar.
“Maybe he hasn’t been in Liverpool too long. We gave the fans their pride again. We fought for the fans, we fought for the club and we fought for our players. So maybe he cannot understand this.
“With £10m net spending, I left that squad with £300m value, 13 internationals.
“So, instead of talking about flips and flops, he has to concentrate on his job, try to do his best and not talk about the level of his players or the new players.
“Concentrate, try to do your best because it will be the best for the club and it will be the best for the fans.”
Benitez also took the opportunity to have a dig at Liverpool’s former Managing Director Christian Purslow, over allegations that Benitez had banned Kenny Dalglish from the club’s training ground.
He added, “I brought back Kenny Dalglish to do a role in the club and Christian Purslow gave him another role.” It was in fact Benitez who invited Dalglish back to the club.