Benitez: Stop talking about me

In the wake of the defeats by Wigan and Lille, Benitez’s long-term

future at the club was called into question again. With Real Madrid

coach Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure at the Bernabeu looking

increasingly tenuous after their early exit from the Champions

League last week, speculation has already started to link Benitez

with the job. But the Spaniard insists the only thing which matters

is returning to winning ways. “The club is the most important

thing, more than anyone,” he said. “The most important thing is for

everyone to try to do better and to improve performances. “I don’t

want people talking about me. It doesn’t matter. “The priority has

to be to improve things on and off the pitch.” Matters off the

pitch are in the headlines again after global investment firm the

Rhone Group made a £100million-plus cash offer for a 40% share

in the club, money which would be used to reduce the club’s

£237million debt by almost half. Benitez said it was important

to get the right deal – and the right investors – for Liverpool.

“My concern is about the future of the club, not one bad season,”

Benitez told the Liverpool Echo. “The people who come in have to be

the right people for the club. “We have to take things forward for

the good of the club and every day we are working hard.”