Yossi Benayoun has launched a scathing attack on Rafa Benitez accusing him of forcing him out of Liverpool.
The Israeli international left Liverpool for Chelsea earlier this month and he claims the treatment he received from former Reds boss Rafa Benitez was the reason for his departure.
The 30-year-old has accused Benitez of trying to break his spirit and treating him with a lack of respect during his time on Merseyside.
"I made up my mind to leave a long time ago because of Benitez. He never treated me with the respect I deserved. If I played well, I never felt he gave me credit," Benayoun told the News of The World.
"When I scored, I still expected to be out of the team the next game.
"And when the fans wanted me to play, Benitez told me he couldn't understand why.
"There are many examples of him treating me badly.
"Last season, against Fulham and Lyon, the fans booed when I was subbed. They thought I was playing well but Benitez told me he was surprised they booed because I was not good enough.
"It was as if the fans' reaction worked against me. The situation got worse afterwards.
"He tried to destroy my confidence. You can't treat a player like this and expect him to be happy.
"I felt so unhappy but, out of respect to the club, I never spoke out. The players and the people at the top of the club knew how I felt."