Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, insisted he wants to stay at the club and keep Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.
Benitez casts doubt over his Liverpool future after goalless draw at Hull City
Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, insisted he wants to stay at the club and keep Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres after Liverpool ended their disappointing campaign with a 0-0 draw at relegated Hull City. The Spaniard had his first meeting with Martin Broughton, the club's new chairman, who has been brought in by co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to oversee the sale of the club, this week and another is scheduled in the next few days. Benitez left the door open to a departure if he felt things were not progressing as he wanted.
"I was in a meeting with the chairman and he was talking about how positive it was and I expect to meet with him again in the next week," said Benitez. "I expect to see the chairman and keep talking with him. I showed my commitment for years [he has four years of his contract remaining]. It would never be easy to leave this club. I decided to come here because of the fans and the club. "I wanted to stay and I would like to stay if everything is fine. And If I stay I am not thinking about selling Gerrard and Torres - just in case 'senior sources' say different things."
Wolves beat Sunderland 2-1 yesterday at Molineux, a defeat that left Steve Bruce, the visiting manager, "utterly gutted and totally disappointed." Kenwyne Jones gave Sunderland an early lead but Kevin Doyle, from the spot, and Adlene Guedioura, turned things around for Wolves before Michael Turner and substitute Jack Colback were then both sent off for Sunderland. Elsewhere, goals from Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic gave Bolton a 2-1 home win against Birmingham at the Reebok Stadium. James McFadden got Birmingham's consolation. They finished ninth, level on points - but ahead on goal difference - with Blackburn Rovers, who pulled off a surprise 1-0 win away at sixth-placed Aston Villa after Richard Dunne's late own-goal.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored four minutes into injury-time as Everton beat bottom side Portsmouth 1-0. * Compiled by Thomas Woods, with agencies