Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez admits he's been amazed by the support he's received from fans in the last week.

Benitez must tread carefully when discussing the backing he received, careful not to appear as though he is encouraging protests. He knows that would risk antagonising Tom Hicks and George Gillett further.

However, he did say: "Where have you ever heard in your life, anywhere in football, this kind of support for a manager?

"Both before the game, on the internet and during the game it was the same. Why? I am not Bill Shankly. I'm sure he was a fantastic motivator.

"I have just tried to be a good professional. What happened the other day was different class.

"Am I surprised? From the very beginning the fans have been good to me. I have enjoyed every day here.

"Some people have said to me because I was fighting for the club on different issues the people of Liverpool like this. The people here like fighters. Maybe that's an area where there is a connection between us.

"The power of our supporters is strong. We always play with 12 men at home and sometimes the same away."

He added: "It's not the same here as in Spain. Tell me how many managers in Spain last more than three years? It was almost impossible to stay long at a club in Spain. I left Valencia because I had problems as some people did not give me enough support.

"The supporters were behind me and other people were behind me, but one person was not.

"It was different because in Valencia we were talking about someone who was not the owner. Here the club is structured differently with two owners and a chief executive."