Rafael Benitez has denied reports claiming he thinks Liverpool are a better side than Manchester United, saying the quotes had been ”twisted a little bit.”
Benitez was quoted on Friday claiming the Reds were a better team than United and he was the only one willing to confront Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It is not true,” Benitez told Sky Sports News. “I did not say this. It was a normal conversation with a good journalist and then has been twisted a little bit.
Benitez, whose side face Hull on Saturday without injured captain Steven Gerrard, did concede that United are currently in the driving seat in the race for the Premiership title.
The Spaniard said: “I think United are in the driving seat – that is clear. It depends on them so we have to keep going, keep doing our job, try to win, score four goals don’t concede – things like this and see what happens.”
Benitez, whose side dropped points in the 4-4 draw with Arsenal in midweek, believes the Gunners can assist his own side’s cause.
He added: “I think they will have difficult games and they have to play a lot of games so we have to keep the confidence, the belief that we can do it.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, responding to the earlier reports, said he was happy for Rafael Benitez to keep sniping at Manchester United because he trusts his players to retain their concentration during the title run-in.
“He is definitely saying a lot,” said Ferguson of Benitez’s jibes. ”But I am happy for him to carry on with it. I have to trust my players. I know they are good enough.
“I have trusted them for years now. That is why I have picked them. They are a good bunch of lads and we will just carry on the way we always have.”