LIVERPOOL boss Rafael Benitez last night continued his bitter feud with Sir Alex Ferguson after declining to congratulate his Manchester United counterpart for their Premier League success.<br /><br />Benitez spoke after his side sealed the runners-up spot behind United with a 2-0 victory over West Brom – a result which confirmed the Baggies’ relegation to the Championship.<br /><br />The two managers have been at loggerheads for much of the season as a war of words between the pair dominated the title run-in.<br /><br />But when asked if he would personally salute Ferguson for his title success, the Spaniard made it clear he would only congratulate the club as a whole. I will say congratulations to Manchester United. They have done well, but I do not want to say too much,” Benitez said.<br /><br />“I prefer just to say well done to the club, a big club, a good club. Normally you have to be polite and respect the other manager. During the season we have seen a lot of things that I didn’t like, so that’s it. I say congratulations to United because they have won. And that’s it.”<br /><br />Benitez also played down a bizarre scuffle between Reds’ team-mates Jamie Carragher and Alvaro Arbeloa, which overshadowed the Hawthorns victory. “I don’t like what I saw, but I am trying to see the positive side of things,” Benitez added. “For me that is a positive message about the mentality of the team. We wanted to show character and a desire to win and be second, and stay as close as we could to Manchester United.”<br /><br />Steven Gerrard robbed Shelton Martis to give the Reds a 28th minute lead before Dirk Kuyt added a second on 63 minutes, although the Baggies went down fighting.