Thursday, 24 April 2008

Benitez reveals plans to owners

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has met with co-owner Tom Hicks and outlined his transfer targets, despite the club suffering from boardroom in-fighting.

Hicks is locked in dispute with co-owner George Gillett but each have been made aware of Benitez's plans.

"We have had a very positive meeting," said Benitez.

"We need to work together and he (Hicks) agreed we must talk together. If we want to go forward and sign players, we have to all work together."

Hicks has also called for the resignation of chief executive Rick Parry, who will also be involved in the plans and work towards signing the players Benitez has highlighted.

The Spaniard insisted that ownership troubles were not on the agenda with talks focusing solely on strengthening the squad.

"I have not spoken to them about the ongoing situation, only how to improve and how to progress," added Benitez.

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Liverpool have been linked with Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry, Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson and David Bentley, of Blackburn, among others as the season reaches a climax.

"Everything is positive," said the Reds manager. "We have talked about targets to sign, that is my aim.

"I do not doubt we will achieve those targets. I have a scouting department that is working and progressing. Now I have told the owners how we need to progress.

"Rick Parry will be working too, and if everyone works hard and we work together, it will be easier.

"Clearly, I expect agreement on recruiting players for the summer. We are ready now for going forward.

"Now we have had a meeting, we are in a better position. We need to think about our games at Birmingham and Chelsea, but we must also think about improving the squad."

"George knows about what was said, everybody knows. Everyone has the same information."

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