Getting praise from Rafael Benitez was like trying to extract blood from a stone when he was Liverpool manager.
And it looks like the Everton boss hasn’t changed his ways since, with Andros Townsend telling Sky Sports he received criticism from Benitez for his position despite netting a stunning goal during the Toffees’ win over Burnley.
And when Monday Night Football got the chance to speak to Benitez, Carragher couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at his former boss.
Carragher said: “We spoke to Andros Townsend on the back of his great goal. You spoke to him on the pitch at the end of the game and he said you were being critical about his position…
“I’m just wondering, does that show that you haven’t changed as a manager?”
Benitez responded: “When you talk about a winning mentality you have to try and improve everything. The manager has to be always unsatisfied… if we can improve every player five per cent, the team will be much better.”
MNF presenter Dave Jones finished the interview asking Benitez to give Carragher some praise and the Spaniard did so, of sorts…
Benitez said: “To be fair he has had very good managers!”
Everton’s Rafa-lution is in full swing with the Toffees claiming 10 points from a possible 12 this season.
They fell behind at Goodison Park with Ben Mee nodding the visitors in front, however, the home side hit back and then some.
Michael Keane’s header and strikes from Townsend and Demarai Gray saw Everton romp to a 3-1 win with all their goals coming in the space of seven minutes.
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