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Anfield backroom team agree deals

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez
Benitez has committed his future to the club until 2014

Five members of Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez's backroom team have followed his lead by committing their long-term futures to the club.

Assistant boss Sammy Lee and first team coach Mauricio Pellegrino have agreed extensions of at least two years.

Goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, fitness coach Paco de Miguel and chief scout Eduardo Macia have also re-signed.

Benitez said: "I'm delighted. Continuity is essential to build on the progress we have made this season."

One man who looks unlikely to be part of the club's future plans, however, is Valencia striker David Silva.

Benitez distanced himself from speculation about a move for the 23-year-old Spain international, saying: "We will not be signing him.

"We are working hard, talking with the scouting department and looking at names and options for next season but it's still too soon (to identify definite targets)."


After thrashing both Manchester United and Aston Villa, Liverpool could go top of the Premier League in eight days' time if they manage to avoid defeat at Fulham.

But Benitez has called for focus from players and supporters, who would be forgiven for dreaming of a first title in 19 years after recent performances.

"Football can change very quickly, and that is why we say it is important to just take one game at a time," he said.

"Everything can change each week, and maybe next week we can be at the top again.

"My message to the fans is to keep calm. I can see the people have a lot of confidence at the moment, and that is good."

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