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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez opens talks on his future

Rafael Benitez
Benitez's future at Anfield has been the subject of much speculation

Liverpool have had the first in what they hope will be a series of meetings with manager Rafael Benitez amid speculation he could move to Juventus.

Benitez, 50, had reportedly cancelled two meetings with chairman Martin Broughton before they met on Thursday.

"The meeting was constructive," said a Liverpool spokesman.

"Views were exchanged on issues of concern to both the board and manager which were either addressed or to be picked up in forthcoming meetings."

Benitez, who has four years left on the contract he signed last summer, has endured a tough season on and off the pitch.


In November he said he was sure of guiding Liverpool to a top-four finish in the Premier League, but last Sunday's 2-0 home defeat by Chelsea ended the chance of that happening.

As a result, Liverpool will be without Champions League football next season - the first time since 2002/03.

The Reds made an early exit from both the Champions League and FA Cup, and their last chance for silverware ended when they lost to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final last week.

As well as their on-field struggles, Liverpool's season has been overshadowed by continued speculation about the future ownership of the club, which came to a head in April when owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett said they would be looking to sell.

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Benitez wants overhaul at Anfield
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Benitez dismisses Juventus deal
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Benitez sure of top-four finish
21 Nov 09 |  Liverpool
Benitez signs long-term Reds deal
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