Liverpool striker Bellamy: There is no Benitez row

Bellamy said: “A journalist working for BBC Radio Wales has told people I have problems with Rafa and haven’t even got a working relationship with him. That’s complete garbage.

“I have gone on record recently and I will say it again now that I have learnt more from Rafael Benitez than any other coach I have worked with.

“I am a much better player for the time I’ve spent working with him and if I do go on to manage at some point in the future he’s the model I’ll use in my career. I can’t make my respect for him any clearer than that.

“I am even more disappointed that we are approaching a massive game on Tuesday against Chelsea and I am having to waste time responding to this nonsense.”