Benitez rules out leaving Liverpool

Benitez insists he will stay at Anfield until 2014, despite calls for him to be axed by Liverpool legends such as Ronnie Whelan.

The Spaniard said: “Leaving has never gone through my head – clearly I want to fight.

“I signed a long-term contract and have belief in this club. Inside, I am as strong as ever.”

Liverpool face Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday.

Benitez added: “Everyone knows the team’s not playing at the level it can.

“When we lose, everyone loses – the fans, the players, the staff. I can understand the fans’ frustrations but we feel the same. We want to win for them.

“But as for my future, all I will say is that my future is against Stoke – I have to be ready for the next game.”