Big Sam goads rival Rafa Benitez: You've created the new Bolton!

27 February 2010 01:10
Sam Allardyce has taunted arch-critic Rafa Benitez by claiming that Liverpool are turning into the new Bolton.

The pair's long-running feud began in August 2004 when Liverpool lost 1-0 in a bruising encounter with Bolton their first defeat under Benitez.

The Spaniard attacked Bolton's strong-arm tactics then and the managers became embroiled in another spat last season. That time, Allardyce, by then in charge at Blackburn, was furious at a Benitez hand gesture he interpreted as signalling that the game was all over when Liverpool had taken a 2-0 lead at Anfield.

Old habits die hard: Allardyce has renewed his war of words with rival Benitez

Benitez tried to clarify the issue by claiming that he was jokingly telling his players not to listen to him after they had ignored his orders and gone on to score.

Allardyce's anger still simmers, though, and ahead of Sunday's clash he declared that Liverpool's recent run of hard-fought results had been achieved with the same uncompromising style about which Benitez was once so disparaging.

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Source: Daily_Mail