Benitez in Blast at His Old Bosses; FOOTBALL SHORTS

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RAFA BENITEZ has risked souring his Liverpool legacy with a stinging attack on the Anfield board, saying they 'know nothing' about football. The Spaniard was constantly at odds with the hierarchy over policy matters and transfer funds in his last two years at Liverpool, and moved to Inter Milan in June. 'The last year at Liverpool I had directors who knew nothing about football and you couldn't talk about football with them,' said Benitez. Given that Benitez had little direct contact with co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, his bitter outburst would appear to be aimed at chief executive Christian Purslow or commercial director Ian Ayre.

Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has escaped the wrath of manager Roy Hodgson despite saying he would not resort to hitting long balls, even if it meant failing to get in the side. The Dane will start against Northampton in tonight's Carling Cup third-round tie at Anfield, as will Australia keeper Brad Jones and defender Danny Wilson, who make their debuts.

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