There is no love lost between Allardyce (left) and Benitez
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez sarcastically compared Blackburn's style to European champions Barcelona after his team beat Rovers on Sunday.
Benitez saw his team win a physical encounter and then stoked up his feud with Rovers boss Sam Allardyce.
"I think it is a model for all the managers around the world, their style of football, his behaviour," he said of Rovers tactics and their manager.
"The style of football, I think, Barcelona are thinking of copying."
Benitez suffered his first defeat in the Premier League in a match against a Bolton side managed by Allardyce in 2004.
Former Reds defender Sami Hyppia suffered a broken nose early in that contest and the relationship between the two managers has been fractious ever since.
We try to do our talking on the pitch
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez
Allardyce accused Benitez of showing a lack of respect after a gesture during Liverpool's 4-0 win against Rovers last season.
And the Blackburn boss said in the build-up to Sunday's game that Liverpool had been reduced to a team scrapping for points as the battle to finish fourth in the Premier League hots up.
Asked about Allardyce's comments, Benitez added: "It doesn't matter - we won.
"We try to do our talking on the pitch. If they are pleased with the way they play under this manager it is their decision.
"They have a style and they are a team that plays this way under this manager.
"Some people have to talk before the press conference or after because it is more difficult for them to do a football job."
Benitez was unhappy with the physical approach of Blackburn on Sunday.
Steven Nzonzi was yellow carded after pushing Lucas in the face at Anfield and Benitez clearly thought the Blackburn player should have been sent off.
"See the replay of the incident, it was very clear," added the Reds boss.
"We have had four of five players with problems, bleeding, and Maxi with stud (marks) in his abdomen. Interesting - but we won."
Unfortunately when we come to places like Anfield they are very good at swaying things their way
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce
Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres scored as Liverpool won for the first time in three attempts in the Premier League.
But it was a match that occasionally threatened to boil over, with Gerrard and El-Hadji Diouf exchanging angry words before half-time and the duo had to be separated as they walked off at the interval.
"It is an unfortunate reflection on our performance that we had about 25 fouls and five cards against us," added Allardyce.
"But unfortunately when we come to places like this they are very good at swaying things their way."
And Allardyce mounted a stern defence of his pre-match comments about Liverpool.
"It was only because Liverpool have a go at me and because I am entitled to respond when I get criticised by Rafa Benitez," said the Rovers boss.
"If you don't understand that over the last few years you must be deluded.
"Not this time but many other times I have been criticised personally by the manager - all I said was they got six bookings at Manchester City away so they are digging games out now rather than the flowing football they played last year."
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina sustained a shoulder injury after the break challenging for the ball but was able to carry on.
"We knew it would be a tough game and nothing surprised us," he said.
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