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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2007, 19:26 GMT
Fans march in mass Benitez rally
Liverpool fans show their support for Rafa Benitez
Liverpool fans show their support for Rafa Benitez outside Anfield
Rafael Benitez was greeted with a massive show of support from Liverpool fans ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Group A match with Porto.

More than 2,000 fans carried banners in a tribute to the Reds boss as they marched to Anfield from a nearby pub.

Benitez has called a halt to his row with club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett over transfer policy ahead of the game at Anfield.

"We need the three points and a win. This is a must-win game," Benitez said.

Benitez's future has been questioned after he publicly questioned his bosses, who have shown reluctance to release funds for him to spend in the January transfer window.

But he refused to be dragged into further acrimony so close to Wednesday night's vital match against the runaway Portuguese league leaders.

And he said he had had a "positive conversation" with Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry on Monday.

Fans plan to chant his name non-stop, and Benitez will be more than happy for that image to be carried across the Atlantic.


He has also received support from players including Steven Gerrard and Jose Reina, and does not believe he needs to do much to motivate them on Wednesday.

Demonstrations outside the Shankly Gates will be organised by a group named Reclaim the Kop.

Their spokesman, John Mackin, told The Daily Telegraph: "Liverpool Football Club exists not to make money.

"It exists to win trophies and be a source of pride for its supporters.

"It serves no other purpose. Rafa is far and away the most important figure at Anfield, bar none."

Even if Liverpool beat Porto they must also win in Marseille on 11 December to reach the last 16.

Benitez said: "We know what must be done, we must approach the game with confidence and the right mentality.

"We are in good form so we must continue to play in that manner."

He has no new injury problems, with Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso and Jermaine Pennant still long term absentees.

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