Steven Gerrard explains why Sir Alex Ferguson once laughed at Rafa Benitez

The then Liverpool boss's 'facts' rant had the Manchester United manager rubbing his hands with glee.

Steven Gerrard has revealed that Manchester United's players once told him Sir Alex Ferguson was laughing at Rafael Benitez after his infamous 'facts' rant, according to the Daily Mail.

Picture the scene: Liverpool were top of the Premier League. Ahead of Manchester United - for a change.

And there Benitez was in his pre-match press conference, looking - as Gerrard says - calm, as though he was about to deliver a routine performance.

But then the Reds boss came out with an infamous speech about 'facts' which was aimed at Ferguson. That speech was seen by many as the turning point for Liverpool and Manchester United in the Premier League title race of 2008/09. Not a turning point in favour of the Anfield outfit.

In an extract of his new book published in the Mail, Gerrard said: "I couldn't understand Rafa's thinking in wanting to take on Ferguson, a master of mind games, when we were sitting so calmly on top of the table early into a new year.

"When I met up with England all the Manchester United players told me Fergie was just laughing at Rafa, saying: 'I've got him. I've got him.'"

No Liverpool fan can forget Rafa's famous rant. Gerrard certainly won't.

And Manchester United supporters will probably hold some fond memories, too. At least the Kop faithful can look back at a 4-1 win at Old Trafford that season. A far cry from another humiliating Liverpool showing this weekend.

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