Liverpool exclusive: Fabio Aurelio reveals players' reaction to Rafa Benitez's infamous 'Facts' rant in 2009

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez
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Liverpool have had plenty of fiery managers over the decades and Rafa Benitez was no different. The Spaniard rocked up at Anfield in 2004 and repeatedly clashed with other managers until his departure – one FA Cup and one Champions League later – in 2010.

But one manager got under Benitez's skin more than any other – Sir Alex Ferguson. The pair shared a fierce rivalry towards the end of the noughties, as Manchester United and Liverpool went hammer and tongs for the title each season. This led to one of the greatest press conference rants in Premier League history – now forever known as the "Facts" rant.  

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.