Benitez shuns Juve rumours

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez played down continuing speculation linking him with a move to Juventus after seeing his side held to a goalless draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Spaniard is being tipped to succeed Ciro Ferrara in the Juve hotseat, but Benitez preferred to focus on his side's performance at Molineux.

He told reporters:"I prefer to talk about the game. Is the speculation a distraction? I was really focused today on trying to do the right things and to try and win this game.

"Is being linked with Juventus flattering? I prefer to concentrate on the game."

Of the Reds' display in the Black Country, Benitez added:"If you analyse our position in the table, then maybe it was two points dropped.

"If you analyse the game then it was fair enough. In the first half we were in control. We didn't create clear chances and the final pass in the final third was the difference.

"In the second half they were pushing harder and we had to defend, but we still had some good counter-attacks. Again the final pass was the difference.

"If you analyse the game, then the result is fair. We went close, but you have to score if you want to win."

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