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Benitez relaxed over owner talks

Startbeitrag von Oliver Kahles am 16.12.2007 18:32

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez insists the home defeat against Manchester United will not affect showdown talks with the club's American owners.
Benitez is meeting Tom Hicks and George Gillett after disagreements over club policies, particularly on transfers.

He said after the 1-0 loss: "The result will make no difference. We will talk to clarify the misunderstandings.

"We will talk about the problems and solutions and afterwards we will say something if necessary."

Benitez added: "We will talk and think about the future."

Hicks and Gillett were at Anfield to watch United deliver a vital blow to their title rivals, thanks to Carlos Tevez's first-half winner, and the duo were scheduled to meet Benitez shortly after the game for talks.

Benitez claimed the difference between the teams was United's ability to take their chances, whereas Liverpool squandered their few opportunities.

He stated: "We had our chances and didn't take them. They had just one and that was the difference.
"In the second half we saw they were compact, working hard in defence, trying to play the counter. In the second half we had two or three chances and for me, that was the difference.

"When you play United you know you cannot create a lot. We knew we needed to win this game if we wanted to be closer. There is a long way, we just have to keep going."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was concerned by the high number of free-kicks his team conceded outside the penalty area.

"When a team gets so many you always worry that one is eventually going to go in," he said.

"When they got that one just outside the area in injury time, I thought they were going to score but we held firm and got a result we deserved."

The victory gave the defending champions a nine-point cushion over Liverpool and put them five points clear of Chelsea after the Blues' 1-0 defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates.

"Any gap is a significant one in December," insisted Ferguson.
"I always think it is important once you get to the end of the month to be up there.

"If we are around the top on 1 January we will have a real chance of winning the league and we will also know who our challengers are going to be."

Delighted United defender Rio Ferdinand added: "Anfield is a hard place to come, they defend very well and there is pressure all over the park. We dealt with everything they threw at us and got the goal.

"They are a very good side. One moment of brilliance, Wayne Rooney's shot deflecting to Carlos - well it was a bit fortunate but we'll take that.

"The whole team defended, closed them down, and everything they did get into the box we dealt with.

"I think you can tell from the reaction of the lads after, and the fans, it's a great feeling to come to Anfield and win."



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Benitez in 'amicable' owner talks

Liverpool insist showdown talks between manager Rafael Benitez and the club's American owners on Sunday evening were "amicable" and "constructive".
Benitez met Tom Hicks and George Gillett after disagreements over club policies, particularly on transfers.

The meeting took place following Liverpool's 1-0 defeat by Manchester United at Anfield.

"A meeting was held which was wide ranging and positive," said a statement on Liverpool's official website.

"The discussions were amicable and constructive. All those present are united in their desire to bring further success to the club."

Hicks and Gillett were at Anfield to watch United deliver a vital blow to their title rivals, thanks to Carlos Tevez's first-half winner.

Before the meeting took place, Benitez had said the defeat would not affect the talks.

And he claimed the difference between the teams was United's ability to take their chances, whereas Liverpool squandered their few opportunities.


von Oliver Kahles - am 16.12.2007 22:53

Rafa Benitez is reassured by ‘positive’ meeting

RAFAEL BENITEZ last night received further assurances over his immediate future after a “positive” meeting with Liverpool’s owners.

Benitez faced Tom Hicks and George Gillett last night following the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United that left them nine points behind the champions and 10 adrift of leaders Arsenal, who beat Chelsea by a single goal later in the day.

Despite the apparent need for Benitez to strengthen his squad in January in an attempt to re-ignite Liverpool’s Premier League challenge, the Spaniard revealed prior to the talk that the issue of transfer funds was not on the agenda.

And he also insisted that the defeat to United – the fourth in succession his side has suffered to Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in the league – would have no affect on his clear-the-air talks with American duo.

“It is a meeting for talking about the future, not just one game,” said Benitez.

“We will try to clarify the misunderstanding and we need to clarify the situation for the future, but not about the money we can spend or not.

“It is just to know what position we are in now and I go into it with confidence.

“We will talk about the problems and solutions and afterwards we will say something if necessary.”

Liverpool then released a statement last night that suggested the parties had ironed out the differences which were made public last month.

It read: “A meeting was held this evening involving Tom Hicks, George Gillett, Foster Gillett, Rick Parry and Rafa Benitez which was wide-ranging and positive.

“The discussions were amicable and constructive. All those present are united in their desire to bring further success to the club.”

Liverpool’s defeat to United was only their second in the Premier League this season, but they have come in quick succession following the 3-1 slump at Reading a week earlier.

Carlos Tevez stabbed home Wayne Rooney’s scuffed shot for the winning goal in the 43rd minute yesterday to give the reigning champions their second league win at Anfield in 2007.

Those defeats are the only two Liverpool have suffered on their own ground in the Premier League since September 2005 but they have now dropped 11 points at home in the current campaign.

Benitez, however, thinks there is still time to repair that damage before he writes off his team’s title challenge.

He said: “It is too soon, it’s a long way to go, but this makes it harder.

“We have to win games to be closer but we can see this year that all teams can lose games. But we must just think about the next game, Portsmouth at home in the league, and Chelsea in the Carling Cup.”

In a game of few chances, Liverpool had opportunities to go in front before, most notably when Anderson cleared Harry Kewell’s volley off the line and Fernando Torres headed the rebound wide.

Tevez’s strike was United’s first threatening effort on goal, which emphasised to Benitez the importance of grasping the moment in tight, cagey encounters.

“The only difference was we were not lucky and they were lucky,” he added.

“We didn’t create much but they didn’t create too much either. These kind of games are tough and it’s not easy to create anything.

“We had chances in the first half and we didn’t take them and they had one at the end of the first half and one at the end of the second.

“So in games like these if you take your chances you will be in a very good position.

“Today we were controlling but not creating too much. We gave the ball away too easily in the middle and you can’t make those mistakes.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool could face possible FA disciplinary action after Wayne Rooney had a golf ball thrown at him from the home end in the final minute of the game.

Although it missed the Manchester United striker, referee Mark Halsey spotted it and is almost certain to include it in his match report.

Rooney had a mobile phone thrown at him at Anfield when he scored the winner in a 1-0 United win in January 2005.


von Oliver Kahles - am 17.12.2007 11:29

George Gillett: We’re right behind Rafa Benitez

GEORGE Gillett gave Rafa Benitez his unequivocal backing after Liverpool’s American owners held clear the air talks with the Reds boss at Anfield.

Benitez met with Gillett, co-owner Tom Hicks, Foster Gillett and Rick Parry for three hours following the 1-0 home defeat to Man United and the outcome was positive with all involved agreeing to bury their differences and work together for the good of the club.

And Parry today told the ECHO the club is still totally committed to delivering a stadium which the fans can be proud of, despite having to axe the futuristic design launched in the summer because of rising costs.

In an address to the Liverpool Former Players Association at a city centre hotel - just hours after talks with Benitez - George Gillett spoke of his regret over the fall out with the Spaniard but insisted his immediate future at the club is secure.

He told an audience of Liverpool playing legends: “This wasn’t supposed to happen, but it has happened, and now the focus has to be on finding a common platform to continue our co-operation.

“Rafa is the one we want as a manager further on, and we have faith in him.

“I’ve been married over 40 years and have first hand knowledge about how to solve an argument!

“We concentrated on getting an overview over the situation, and I felt we accomplished that.”

Gillett was guarded about the imminent opening of the transfer window but spoke again about his role as a custodian of the club.

He added: “The transfer window opens soon and we might use the option that gives us, or we might not.

“Liverpool is a great club. We are well aware that we have something very valuable on our hands.

“Liverpool is not our club, it’s your club. The supporters’ club. It’s always been that way, and it will always be that way.”

Meanwhile, Rick Parry today admitted Liverpool have had to shelve their futuristic stadium design for Stanley Park because of spiralling costs, not due to the credit crunch in America, as reported elsewhere.

Liverpool are now considering their options but Parry moved to reassure fans that the club remains confident that a new stadium will be delivered in time for the start of the 2011/2012 season, in keeping with the original timescale.

He said: “We are now considering two schemes but the stadium will be a 70,000 seater.

“The new stadium will be a significant improvement on the original plans and a slightly downgraded version of the new ones.

“And it will be a massive improvement on where we were 12 months ago, if not quite as dramatic as the plans unveiled in the summer.

“The single tier Kop remains fundamental to the design and we are not expecting any delays – it should be on schedule for 2011.”


von Oliver Kahles - am 17.12.2007 15:53
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