Rafa Benitez has hit back at Graeme Souness after comments made by the former Liverpool manager that the club are on the verge of “meltdown”.
Souness and Jurgen Klinsmann were critical of the Reds after they conceded another last gasp Champions League goal saw them lose 2-1 to Fiorentina.
Souness, who skippered the club in the 1980s and managed thm in the early 1990s, argued that his former club could capitulate should they fail to qualify for next year’s European competition.
But Benitez was unconcerned by the Scot’s comments.
“I switch off the volume of Sky,” Benitez told Sky Sports News. “I think they both have a fantastic record as a manager so the fans they know really well what they say.
“The club we have to win, we have a responsibility, we have to concentrate on our job and that’s it. If someone talks too much then that’s their problem but the fans know the records they have both as a manager is fantastic.”
Fernando Torres conceded earlier on Friday that he thought Liverpool were out of the title race.
But Benitez has not given up on hopes that the Reds can end their 20-year league title drought, ahead of Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.
“I think it’s important but every game can be important to the end of the season,” he said.
“We have to start with this one because they are at the top of the table so if we can win we will be closer and we’ll have better chances to finish in the top four.”