Rafael Benitez once called his team’s Merseyside rivals, Everton, “a small club” but when you consider only three clubs (Liverpool, United and Arsenal) have won more English league titles, it’s was a fairly ridiculous put-down.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who is less than impressed with the hounding he has received from the loopy FSW, has today criticised his rival manager ahead of our FA Cup clash against the fairly big club Everton.

“Everton are a big club, not a small one which Benitez arrogantly said,” said Ferguson. “But arrogance is one thing. You cannot forgive contempt, which is what he showed Sam Allardyce last weekend. When Liverpool scored their second goal he signalled as if the game was finished. I do not think Sam deserved that. I just thought it showed contempt. In my experience no Liverpool manager has ever done that. It was beyond the pale.”

Whilst I agree with the Fergie on Benitez, who lacks the class Liverpool fans would expect in their manager, I’m not entirely sure Everton or Allardyce need their battles fighting for them.

In other news, bye bye.