Benitez resists the urge to bite back at Ferguson

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has refused to be drawn on comments in Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography.

Benitez has had his weekly chat with the Independent newspaper and he’s resisted the urge to fight back at comments in Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography.

Ferguson called Benitez a ‘silly man’ and criticised the way Liverpool played their football under the Spaniard during his time in charge at Anfield.

However, Rafa says his criticism back towards Fergie would only generate extra publicity for Ferguson, something that he’s not prepared to do.

“The problem with answering on those comments about me - or about Steven Gerrard - is that it only adds to the publicity - We can let the things we did at Liverpool and the success we had make our answer for us. Beyond that, there is nothing more I think I can say,” said Benitez.

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That’s it, no spiteful comments going back the other way, no strange Benitez-esque sayings which we’ve sometimes heard about. He just generally doesn’t seem that bothered.

Benitez was a constant thorn in the side of Ferguson when Liverpool met United, during the coaches’ respective periods at each club.

Benitez guided Liverpool to a number of important wins against United, including a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford and he also won the European Cup with the side in 2005 in a dramatic final against AC Milan.

Benitez has also had some positive comments to make in relation to Liverpool’s current strike pairing Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

When asked who he thought were the five best players in the Premier League so far this season, Rafa pointed to the partnership as his first two names.

“Well, I have to name a player at my former club. Luis Suarez - You will have to believe me when I say that it is not my connection with for Liverpool which makes me name Daniel Sturridge,” added the Spaniard.

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Benitez has had his say on the Ballon d’Or Coach of the Year award and needless to say, he hasn’t tipped Sir Alex Ferguson to pick up the 2013 accolaide, pointing to the recently retired Jupp Heynckes.

"For me, the one who receives the award has to be someone with values and principles which go beyond just winning. For me, that has to be Jupp Heynckes who in his great career has set an example to a lot of people," said Rafa.

Heynckes won the treble with Bayern Munich last season before he retired and was replace by former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

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