The two clubs face eachother today at Anfield.
Asked if he had sympathy for Benitez, McCarthy was typically forthright, saying: "I can't remember receiving any sympathy from too many people.
"Sympathy is listed somewhere in the dictionary between s**t and syphilis. I don't give any out. All through my life I have never lived through a period when you would say Liverpool were vulnerable. Yes, it is a better opportunity than before maybe, but I never see them as being weak."