'He cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar'

Rafael Benitez has launched into a strange attack on Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, saying he should stop complaining about the team he inherited from the Spaniard and suggesting that he’s not up to the job at Anfield. Although we’re not entirely sure what he means when he says that Hodgson ‘cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar’.

‘I feel that Mr Hodgson, he doesn't understand,’ Benítez said. ‘Every single press conference is worse than the last one. He's talking about things he doesn't know. He doesn't understand, maybe he has been in the job for not so long.

‘Instead of talking about the flips and the flops, he has to concentrate on his players and do his best. He has a good (big) job to do. He signed nine players. I left that squad and with £10m net spending, I left that squad with £300m value. Thirteen internationals.

‘He has to concentrate on the job, try to do his best and not talk about the level of his players. Let the new players come in and concentrate, try to do their best, because it will be the best for the club and the best for the fans.

‘We gave the fans the pride. Again. We fight for the fans, we fight for the club and we fight for our players. Maybe he cannot understand this.’

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