Benitez fans flames in Fergie row

Rafael Benitez insists he does not care if his war of words with Alex Ferguson continues to grab

the spotlight.

The Liverpool boss, on the eve of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg with Chelsea at Anfield, refused to step back from the ongoing verbal confrontation between him and the Manchester United chief.

“If he (Ferguson) talks about Liverpool, then I will say what I feel,” said Benitez. “He talks too much about other clubs.”

Earlier Benitez had responded to claims from Ferguson that the team which lost out in the all-English Champions League tie between Liverpool and Chelsea would become the greatest threat to United’s Barclays Premier League defence, because they would not have the European distraction.

“I think he is a little bit scared of us,” said the Spaniard. “If we continue in the Champions League, he will think that we will lose something in the Premier League.

“He obviously feels that if we are not thinking about both trophies, then we will be able to concentrate harder on just one.

“So he will support us (against Chelsea) because he wants us to stay in this competition because he thinks we are the bigger threat and beating Chelsea will make it harder, he feels, for us in the league.”

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