Rafa Benitez has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that he was the reason behind Liverpool's slump.
Former Reds boss 'surprised' by Ferguson's comments
Inter Milan head coach Rafa Benitez has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that he was the reason behind Liverpool's slump.
The Spaniard was in charge at Anfield for six years, guiding the Reds to a historic fifth European Cup in his first season in charge.
Benitez also won the FA Cup, amongst other honours, and reached the 2007 Champions League Final.
The Nerazzurri boss remained unable to win the Premier League with Liverpool and he was only able to secure a highest-placed finish of second spot in 2008-09.
The Manchester United boss claimed that the Anfield giants spent more money on players and had a bigger squad than his under Benitez's management.
Ferguson also said he enjoyed a good relationship with the Liverpool managers down the years, however, that all changed when Benitez took over at the helm.
Benitez has now hit back with a statement on the official Inter Milan website
: "I am honestly surprised that an experienced and important manager like him said these things and spoke so much about me, considering I've been in Italy for three months.
"I can only add that the Liverpool fans know the story and they know the truth.
"They also know it's easy to judge when you've been in power for 24 years."