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Liverpool bosses know nothing about football, says Rafael Benitez

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has hit out at the club's hierarchy, claiming they “understand nothing about football”.

The Spaniard, who left in the summer for Inter Milan, spent his last two seasons at Anfield dealing with in-fighting and internal politics.

His relationship with American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett was always strained throughout and he has now criticised them and other high-ranking officials for their lack of knowledge about the sport.

Asked about his relationship with Inter president Massimo Moratti he told the club's website inter.it: “It's good. He is a man who knows football.

“He might get angry when the team doesn't win and this is normal, but at least you can talk about football with him.

“In my last year at Liverpool I had (club) executives who understood nothing about football and you couldn't talk to them about football.

“You can with Moratti.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has every faith his second-string players will step up to the mark after being handed the responsibility of getting past Northampton in the third round of the Carling Cup tonight.

Goalkeeper Brad Jones and defender Danny Wilson will make their debuts in the game as the vast majority of the Reds' stars are rested.

“It's a strange game for us in a sense,” he said. “It's one where we definitely need to rotate the squad having played so many games and having to play so many more before the international break.

“But on the other hand it's a competition I take very seriously and I want to have a good run in the competition. We are bothered.”

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